from a Roman Catholic background in Devon, was found guilty at Exeter Castle on 14 March 1785 of highway robbery and sentenced to be hanged. Pardoned on condition of transportation for seven years, he arrived in New South Wales aboard the Charlotte.
In 1792, Acres was emancipated. He was then living with Ann Guy, and a daughter, Mary, was born in September that year. In November 1794, Acres received his first land grant of twenty acres at Mulgrave Place on the Hawkesbury River, and in 1802 he had sixteen acres under wheat and maize.
By 1806, Acres was farming in partnership with Thomas Phillips; he and Anne had married, and their family had grown to five children. These pioneer farmers on the Hawkesbury had a difficult time, threatened by floods, and faced with a 50-100 per cent mark-up on goods brought from Sydney, 56 kilometres away. Acres complained about the mark up in January 1800.
In 1914 he moved to the Liverpool district; ten years later he died at the Cowpastures.
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