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Catherine Bishop (c. 1752–1835)

Catherine Smith (c.1752-1835), a hawker, was found guilty at the Old Bailey, London, on 10 January 1787 of stealing a watch. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. Smith was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. She married Elias Bishop, who was also on the Sirius, in November 1791, in a mass wedding ceremony on the island; no records of any children have been found. The couple left the island for Port Jackson in November 1795 on the Supply. They settled in Richmond. In 1828 her age was given as 65. She was buried on 28 August 1835 at Richmond; her age was given as 75.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 334

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Alternative Names
  • Smith, Catherine
  • Smyth, Catharine

c. 1752


27 August, 1835 (aged ~ 83)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years