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Ann Davis (c. 1758–1789)

Ann Davis (c.1758-1789) alias Judith Jones, was found guilty on 26 April 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, of the theft of eight pairs of silk stockings. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Ann Davis was hanged at Sydney Cove on 23 November 1789 for the theft of clothing from Robert Sidaway's hut. She was the first woman to be executed in Australia.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 97

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Alternative Names
  • Jones, Judith

c. 1758


23 November, 1789 (aged ~ 31)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years