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Lydia Buller (c. 1800–1871)

Lydia Buller, nee Foxley

Birth: c.1800 at Wicking, Northamptonshire, England. Marriage: 30 July 1832 in Hobart, Tasmania, to Samuel Buller. She signed with a mark. They had three daughters and one son. Death: 21 June 1871 at Collingwood, Victoria.

  • A domestic servant, Foxley was sentenced to 14 years transportation on 27 March 1830 at the Warwick Assizes for stealing a watch. She was described in her gaol record as a 'bad common prostitute'.  She arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the America in May 1831. She was 5 feet 1¼ inches tall, with brown hair, and dark grey eyes.
  • She was assigned to Mr Bateman in 1832-33 and granted a conditional pardon on 19 October 1838 and a free certificate in 1844.

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'Buller, Lydia (c. 1800–1871)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Foxley, Lydia

c. 1800
Wicking, Northamptonshire, England


21 June, 1871 (aged ~ 71)
Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Warwickshire
Trial Date: 27 March 1830


Occupation: domestic servant


Children: Yes (4)