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Jane Chipp (c. 1764–1836)

Jane Langley (c.1764-1836) and Mary Finn were found guilty on 14 September 1785 at the Old Bailey, London, of feloniously stealing five guineas, and 9 shillings and 6 pence, the property of Robert Robinson. Langley arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. Her daughter, Henrietta, was born during the voyage; it is thought her father may have been Philip Scriven, a seaman on the vessel.

Jane and Henrietta were sent to Norfolk Island on 4 March 1790 on the Sirius. At mid-June 1794 she was recorded as the wife of Thomas Chipp and having three children; they were to have seven children in all. The couple returned to Sydney on the Daedalus in November 1794. Jane died on 18 February 1836, her age given as 70. She was buried at Devonshire St Cemetery.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 212-13

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Alternative Names
  • Langley, Jane
  • Langly, Jane
  • Chip, Jane
  • Long, Jane

c. 1764
Middlesex, England


18 February, 1836 (aged ~ 72)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years