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Catherine Boyle (c. 1750–?)

Catherine Henry (c.1750- ), a hawker, was found guilty on 10 January 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing three muslin shawls from a shop. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. She married John Boyle on 25 May 1788 at Port Jackson. Boyle received 100 lashes on 2 November 1789 for beating her severely.

In March 1790 Catherine followed her husband to Norfolk Island on the Sirius (he had arrived there on the Supply in November 1789). The couple worked on their farm on Norfolk Island until leaving for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) where they settled on a 30 acre plot at Clarence Plains. Catherine's death date is not known. There is no record of children.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 171

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  • Henry, Catherine

c. 1750
London, Middlesex, England

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years