Gillen, Mollie: The Founders of Australia: a biographical dictionary of the First Fleet. North Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989 Text:
Thomas Akers (indicted as Acres but signing as Akers) and John Smith (First Fleet) were partners in a violent highway robbery near Torrington, Devon, that netted them 10 shillings. Sentenced to death at Exeter on 14 Mar 1785, Akers was 27 when received on the 'Dunkirk' hulk after reprieve to seven years transportation on 5 April. He was 'troublesome at times' before being embarked aboard the First Fleet ship Çharlotte on 11 Mar. 1787.