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McManis, Jane (1768–1826)

Jane Poole was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a silver watch and other goods. She arrived in Sydney in 1788 aboard the Charlotte as part of the First Fleet.

Jane was one of a group of convicts chosen to settle on Norfolk Island in 1789. She married James McManis on the island in a group ceremony in 1791. A daughter was born that year. Following James's death in 1797 a grant of 60 acres of land made out to her husband at Mulgrave Place, New South Wales, was made over to Jane.

In mid 1800 Jane was registered as a landholder in her own right – owning 100 acres. By mid-1802 she had established a partnership with Richard Ridge; they had a daughter in 1803. In 1814 she was described as a widow and retained ownership of her 160 acre grant. She was still listed as the owner of the land in 1822.

* further information: Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 291-92

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  • Poole, Jane
  • McManus, Jane



26 November 1826
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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