Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Lewis, John (d 1794)

Elderly convict who was murdered in 1794 at Parramatta. No charges were ever laid.

05 Jan 1794
09 Jan 1794

Sydney’s Oldest Unsolved Murders

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With colonisation came numerous acts of violence inflicted upon the First Nations people, including murder. It was several years, however, before murders were committed in Sydney by the colonists upon each other. Identifying Australia’s oldest case of unsolved murder in this context is not necessarily a straightforward task.