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Mary Branham (c. 1769–?)

Mary Branham, a servant, was found guilty (as Mary Bramham) on 8 December 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing clothing from a market with a value of 39 shillings. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penhryn as part of the First Fleet.

Her son with William Curtis was baptised on 20 July 1788. Mary and her son were sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. Her daughter Alicia, with Lieutenant Ralph Clark, was born on 23 July 1791. Mary and her children returned with Clark to Sydney on the Queen in December 1791. They left the colony for England aboard the Gorgon later that month.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 47

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Brenham, Mary
  • Bramham, Mary
  • Brannan, Mary

c. 1769
Middlesex, England

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 8 December 1874


Occupation: domestic servant


Left the colony: Yes