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Sarah Crowder (c. 1760–1794)

Sarah Davies/Davis (c.1760-1794), a glove maker, was found guilty on 2 August 1783 at Worcester, England, of shoplifting four silk hankerchiefs valued at 16 shillings. Her death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation on 2 August 1783. She spent the next three years at Worcester gaol, and was then sent to Southwark Gaol on 25 November 1786 where she remained until she embarked for New South Wales on the Lady Penrhyn in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Davis married Thomas Crowder on 7 June 1788 at Port Jackson. They were sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in February 1789. Sarah died on the island on 26 June 1794.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 96

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Davies, Sarah
  • Davis, Sarah
  • Ashley, Sarah

c. 1760
Worcestershire, England


26 June, 1794 (aged ~ 34)
Norfolk Island, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (shop)
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 7 years
Court: Worcestshire
Trial Date: 2 August 1783


Occupation: glove maker