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Brown, Sarah

Sarah Taylor, Martha Kennedy and Mary Mitchcraft were found guilty on 2 April 1787 at Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, of assaulting a man and stealing 17 shillings 6 pence. Sentenced to 7 years transportation the women arrived in Sydney aboard the Prince of Wales in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Sarah Taylor married William French Brown on 17 February 1788 at Sydney Cove. They were sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. By July 1791 the couple were living on a Sydney Town lot, with 80 rods cleared. The Browns left Norfolk Island for Port Jackson on the Kitty in March 1793. As both of the Browns disappear from the records it seems likely that they left the colony.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 350-51

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'Brown, Sarah ', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 31 October 2020.

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