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Nash, Maria (1771–1844)

Maria Haynes landed in Sydney in January 1788 with her common law husband William Nash aboard the Prince of Wales as part of the First Fleet. (She was registered as his 'wife' in the indent.) They were married on 13 February 1789 at St Philips Church of England, Sydney.

In March 1790, the couple left Sydney for Norfolk Island aboard the Sirius; they returned to Sydney in April 1792. William Nash was granted over 200 acres at Mulgrave Place after he was discharged from the NSW Corps in 1797. Following mounting debts he sold the land to a neighbour in 1802 and Maria left him and moved in with Robert Guy in Concord. In 1802 Nash lost a court case seeking her return and in 1804 left Sydney aboard the Mersey. It is believed he died when the ship was wrecked in the Torres Strait in mid June.

Maria continued to live with Guy and died on 21 November at Castlereagh.

* for further information see: Carol J. Baxter, Nash: First Fleeters & Founding Families, A Three-Generational Biographical History (2004)

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'Nash, Maria (1771–1844)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 5 August 2020.

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Alternative Names
  • Naish, Maria
  • Guy, Maria
  • Haynes, Maria

18 July 1771
Tonbridge, Kent, England


21 November 1844
Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia

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