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Mary Brown (c. 1740–1817)

Mary Pinder (c.1740-1817), was found guilty on 13 January 1787 at Louth, Lincolnshire, of a felony. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Prince of Wales as part of the First Fleet.

Pinder was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. She married Richard Brown in a mass wedding ceremony on the island in November 1791; they were to remain childless. The couple left the island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Porpoise in December 1807 and settled on an 80 acre grant of land at Clarence Plains. Mary died on 12 October 1817 at Kangaroo Point, Hobart; her age was given as 74.  

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 289

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Alternative Names
  • Pinder, Mary
  • Pindar, Mary

c. 1740
Lincolnshire, England


12 October, 1817 (aged ~ 77)
Kangaroo Point, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years