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Wheeler, Susannah (c. 1765–1814)

Susannah Huffnell, a charwoman, was found guilty on 2 October 1786 at Worcester, England, of stealing clothing. Sentenced to seven years transportation she was sent to the Dunkirk hulk. She arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. Surgeon Bowes Smyth wrote that her crime had been buying stolen goods.

Huffnell had a daughter with William Baker, a marine, in 1788. She and her daughter were sent to Norfolk Island by the Sirius in March 1790 where she began a relationship with James Clark; they had two children. By about 1809 she was living with John Wheeler in New South Wales. She died on 11 April 1814 at Sydney.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 182

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'Wheeler, Susannah (c. 1765–1814)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/wheeler-susannah-30050/text37287, accessed 28 February 2020.

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  • Huffnell, Susannah
  • Uffnell, Susannah
  • Hoffnal, Susannah
  • Huffnal, Susannah
  • Huffnail, Susanah
Birth

c. 1765
Worcestershire, England

Death

11 April 1814
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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