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Mary Bird (?–1792)

Mary Desmont/Dismon and Mary Butler were found guilty on 9 September 1789 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing nine pecks of french beans at the Covent Garden Market. The women were sentenced to seven years transportation. They arrived in Sydney in June 1790 aboard the Neptune as part of the Second Fleet.

Desmont married (as Mary Dismon) James Bird on 29 December 1790. The couple have not been traced in later records although Mary may be Mary Dimond who was buried at Parramatta on 4 April 1792.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 244

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'Bird, Mary (?–1792)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 3 March 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Desmont, Mary
  • Dismon, Mary
  • Dermont, Mary
  • Dimond, Mary
  • Dismond, Mary

3 April, 1792
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

childbirth complications

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years