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Brooker, Mary Ann (1775–1859)

Mary Wade and Jane Whiting were sentenced to life transportation for assaulting an eight-year-old girl and taking her cotton frock, linen tippet, and linen cap. She arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Lady Juliana.

She was sent to Norfolk Island aboard the Surprize in August. She bore two surviving children there, Sarah (1793) to Teague Harrigan and William (1796) who is thought to be the son of Jonathan Brooker. By 1800 Wade, Harrigan and Brooker and their children were all living in New South Wales. Mary continued to live with Harrigan. Their relationship had ended by 1806 and she again took up with Brooker. They married in 1817.

Additional Resources

  • death notice, Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong, NSW) 22 December 1859, p 2
  • funeral notice, Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong, NSW), 19 December 1859, p 3, column 3

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'Brooker, Mary Ann (1775–1859)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 September 2021.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Wade, Mary Ann

17 December 1775
London, Middlesex, England


17 December 1859
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: assault and robbery
Sentence: life