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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 01:17 GMT
London's Aussie convicts traced
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A restaurant has traced the first 286 convicts from London who landed in Australia in 1788.

The S&M Cafes used Australian genealogists to research the names to mark the start of the England v Australia Ashes cricket series.

They were part of the "First Fleet" contingent of 754 British convicts who landed in Botany Bay.

It is offering a free meal to any of Australians in London, if they prove their surname matches any on the list.

The "First Fleet" was made up of 11 ships which embarked from Great Britain in May 1787.

It consisted of six convict transport ships, three store ships, and headed by HMS Sirius, Flagship of the Fleet.

It is estimated there are 200,000 Australians currently living in London.

To claim the free meal they have to produce a valid Australian passport containing a surname matching one of the last names of the 286 London convicts. The list can be found on the S&M Cafés website.


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