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Martha Batley (c. 1762–?)

Martha Baker, a servant, was found guilty, on 30 August 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, of robbing a man of his watch. Sentenced to seven years transportation, she remained at Newgate Gaol until she was sent to Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet.

Baker married Walter Batley on 21 February 1788 at Sydney. The couple were sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in November 1789. By 5 May 1790 she was living with Samuel Mobbs. Martha left Norfolk Island on 2 November 1793 for India.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 16

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  • Baker, Martha

c. 1762

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years