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Ruth Baldwin (c. 1761–1788)

Ruth Baldwin/Bowyer, a servant, was found guilty, on 25 October 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing silver spoons from a public house where she had been working for several weeks. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she was sent to Newgate Gaol, and arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Prince of Wales as part of the First Fleet. She was buried at Sydney Cove on 5 June 1788. Her burial was registered at St Philip's, Sydney.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 18

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Alternative Names
  • Bowyer, Ruth

c. 1761


4 June, 1788 (aged ~ 27)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years