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Mary Barnes (c. 1769–?)

Mary Barnes  (c.1769- ), Elizabeth Riley, Catherine Clark, and Ann Bryant were found guilty in March 1789 at the Kent Assizes of stealing ten yards of muslin from a shop and four yards of linen from another shop. Sentenced to 7 years transportation the women arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Juliana in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Barnes was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize, arriving in October 1790. On 12 September 1791 Barnes received 50 lashes for going to Phillipsburgh with another woman and staying overnight without permission. She had at least two children on the island, George who died at 18 months, and another George born in 1794.

Mary Barnes lived on Norfolk Island up to 1796. She either died or left the island when her sentence expired. There is no further trace of her or her son.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 149

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c. 1769

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years