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Sarah Broadhurst (1770–1812)

Sarah Broadhurst nee Cooley (1770-1812), convict and farmer

Birth: 9 March 1770 at Westminster, London, England, daughter of Henry and Sarah Cooley. Marriage: Lived with Neil Mackellar (d.1802). They had three daughters and two sons. (2) 1803 married Thomas Broadhurst. They had no children. Death: 1812, Sydney, New South Wales. Religion: unknown.

  • Sarah Cooley was found guilty on 14 April 1790 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing seven cotton handkerchiefs valued at 10 shillings. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney in July 1791 aboard the Mary Ann.
  • She was living with Neil Mackellar, a military officer, by mid 1793.
  • in 1799 she was granted 25 acres at Mulgrave Place
  • in 1802 12 acres were cleared. Four acres were sown with wheat, and one acre with barley. She had 5 male sheep, 9 female sheep and 6 female goats.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Cooley, Sarah
  • MacKellar, Sarah

9 March, 1770
London, Middlesex, England


22 November, 1812 (aged 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

Cultural Heritage

Includes subject's nationality; their parents' nationality; the countries in which they spent a significant part of their childhood, and their self-identity.

Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 14 April 1790


Children: Yes (5)