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Sarah Archer (1760–1834)

Sarah Burdo, a dress maker, and Rebecca Davison were found guilty, on 25 October 1786 at the Old Bailey, of the theft of £3.13s.16d. from a man they had accosted. Sentenced to seven years transportation they were sent to Newgate Gaol before they were delivered to the Lady Penrhyn on 6 January 1787. They arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Burdo married former marine Isaac Archer on 1 June 1794. The couple were recorded as having a male child in 1806 (possibly adopted?). She worked in the community as a midwife, and was still with Archer at Clarence Street, Sydney, in 1828. She died on 14 July 1834. Her burial was recorded in St James's register on the 16th; her age was given as 74.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 58-59

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Alternative Names
  • Burdo, Sarah
  • Bordeaux, Sarah
  • Berdo, Sarah



14 July, 1834 (aged ~ 74)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years