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Susannah Archer (c. 1737–1821)

Susannah Mason alias Gibbs, was found guilty on 13 January 1786 at the Middlesex Session of the Peace at Westminster, of stealing a child's cotton frock and two yards of silk ribbon. She was held at Newgate Gaol until she embarked on the Prince of Wales on 3 May 1787 for her voyage to Sydney as part of the First Fleet. As Susannah Gibbs she married John Archer on 25 December 1788 (he signed his name as John Forrester). She died on 18 July 1821 (as Ann Archer).

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 241

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Alternative Names
  • Forrester, Susannah
  • Mason, Susannah
  • Gibbs, Susannah
  • Archer, Ann

c. 1737


18 July, 1821 (aged ~ 84)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years