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Sarah Clarke (c. 1765–1795)

Sarah Cumberland (c.1765-1795) was found guilty on 22 April 1788 at Nottingham, England, of the theft of printed calico, a handkerchief, a loaf of bread, and a pound of cheese during a burglary. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney in June 1790 aboard the Lady Juliana as part of the Second Fleet.

Cumberland was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize in August 1790. By early 1791 she was living with William Clarke on a Sydney Town lot. They were married in a mass wedding ceremony on the island in November 1791. Sarah died on Norfolk Island in June 1795; there is no record of any children.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 231

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Alternative Names
  • Clark, Sarah
  • Cumberland, Sarah

c. 1765


June, 1795 (aged ~ 30)
Norfolk Island, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years