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Mary Atkins (1758–1821)

Mary Allen (indicted as Mary Connor) was sentenced to seven years transportation, at the Old Bailey in 1787, for stealing a hat from a shop in Bloomsbury, London. She arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. On 4 March 1790 she was sent to Norfolk Island aboard the Sirius. By June 1794 she was living with James Proctor. Following his death in 1801 she lived with William Atkins, a widower. In 1808 she moved to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) with Atkins aboard the Estramina. Her Norfolk Island property, for which she was credited with £60, consisted of a large house, a barn, four log outhouses, 28 acres of cleared land and 21 acres of uncleared land.

As Mary Proctor she married William Atkins at Hobart Town on 16 July 1810. She died on 5 July 1821 at Hobart Town.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 5

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'Atkins, Mary (1758–1821)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Allen, Mary
  • Conner, Mary
  • Proctor, Mary
  • Connor, Mary



5 July, 1821 (aged ~ 63)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years