Richard Partridge (I) (c.1759–1831)

Richard Partridge is one of St. John’s First Fleeters. He was originally to be transported to America on board the Swift along with DAVID KILLPACK (I), but when a mutiny broke out on board, both men were among those who escaped. They were soon recaptured and sentenced to death at the Old Bailey. Both of their death sentences were commuted and they were transported with the First Fleet per Scarborough (1788). In the colony, Partridge married fellow First Fleeter MARY GREENWOOD and became the notorious “Left-Handed Flogger” and gaoler. Richard and Mary are both buried in unmarked graves at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta.


  • Alias: Richard Rice
  • Alternate: Dick Rice
  • Alternate: Richard Price (name misspelt in newspaper report of his death)
  • Colloquial: Old Dick Rice
  • Colloquial: The Left-Handed Flogger


  • Born: c.1759
  • Tried and convicted: Old Bailey, Middlesex, England, 30 April 1783
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation: Old Bailey, 30 April 1783
  • Embarked for America per Swift16 August 1783
  • Escaped during mutiny on the Swift: 29 August 1783
  • Recaptured: 1 September 1783, Kent, England
  • Retried: Old Bailey, 10 September 1783
  • Sentenced to death: Old Bailey, 10 September 1783
  • Death sentence commuted to Transportation for Life: Old Bailey, Saturday, 13 September 1783
  • Imprisoned on the Censor hulk: > 13 September 1783
  • Wagon ride to Portsmouth: 24 February 1787
  • Embarked on the Scarborough: 27 February 1787
  • Sailed with the First Fleet per Scarborough: 13 May 1787
  • Arrived at Botany Bay per Scarborough: : 19 January 1788
  • Arrived at Port Jackson per Scarborough: : 26 January 1788
  • Bread stolen by Australia’s first bushranger “Black Caesar”: 30 April 1788
  • Birth of daughter Mary Rice: c.1791
  • Death of daughter Mary Rice: c.1791
  • Birth of son Richard Partridge (II): c.1793
  • Received 60 acres of land: 15 September 1796 at Northern Boundary Farms (Carlingford)
  • Birth of daughter Mary Ann Partridge: c.1797
  • Received Absolute Pardon: 12 September 1797
  • Married Mary Greenwood: 5 November 1810 at St. John’s Church, Parramatta
  • Execution of adopted aboriginal son Daniel Mow-watty: 1 November 1816 at Hangman’s Hill, The Rocks, Sydney
  • Charged with stealing 3 pigs: 10 January 1827
  • Died: 22 May 1831
  • Buried: St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta, 23 May 1831

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


  • Fellow mutineer on the Swift (1783) and fellow First Fleet convict Scarborough (1788)DAVID KILLPACK (I)
  • Spouse of MARY GREENWOOD
  • Friend of JOHN MARTIN: fellow First Fleet convict, fellow constable, and Northern Boundary Farms neighbour (Martin witnessed the Partridge wedding)
  • Parent of Mary Rice
  • Parent of Richard Partridge (II)
  • Parent of Mary Ann Partridge
  • Adopted Parent of DANIEL MOW-WATTY


  • Flogger
  • Night Watchman at Parramatta
  • Gaoler / overseer of ironed prisoners
  • Constable
  • Pound-keeper
  • Farmer
  • Carter
  • Labourer


  • Convict, Swift, (1783)
  • Convict, Censor(4 October 1783 – 24 February 1787)
  • Convict, Scarborough, (27 February 1787 – 26 January 1788)
  • Flogger
  • Parramatta Constable

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Sudden Death,” Sydney Monitor, Saturday 28 May 1831, p.2



# First Fleet

# Convict

# Trial Place: Old Bailey

# Ship: Swift (1783)

# Hulk: Censor

# Ship: Scarborough (1788)

# Burial year: 1831

# Grave: unmarked