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Lord, Mary (1779–1864)

Mary Lord, n.d.

Mary Lord, n.d.

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Mary Hyde was convicted of stealing clothes from her employer, and was sentenced to seven years transportation. She arrived in Sydney in 1798 aboard the Brittania. She formed a relationship with a ship's officer, John Black. They had two children before he died on a voyage back from India in 1802.  Mary was granted an absolute pardon on 7 September 1801.

In about 1805, Mary started a relationship with Simeon Lord, a former associate of Black's. In 1806 she bore the first of their eight children. They married in 1814. After her husband's death in 1840, Mary continued to manage the estate and was one of the wealthiest women in the colony. She died on 1 December 1864.

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'Lord, Mary (1779–1864)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/lord-mary-23101/text32372, accessed 21 September 2020.

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