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Mary Deering (c. 1813–1899)

Mary Deering (c.1813-1899), nurse girl, was found guilty in August 1829 at Tyrone of stealing calico. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney, New South Wales aboard the Forth in October 1830. According to convict records she could read, was 4 feet 10¼ inches tall, and had a ruddy freckled complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes.

On 4 April 1833 (as Ann Mehin) she married Edward Hughes, who had arrived aboard the Asia; they had 14 children.

Mary Ann Hughes died on 16 March 1899 at Black Springs, New South Wales. Her age was given as 86 and cause of death as senile decay.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Meegan, Anne
  • Mehin, Ann
  • Hughes, Ann
  • Hughes, Mary Ann

c. 1813
Monaghan, Ireland


16 March, 1899 (aged ~ 86)
Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft (shop)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Tyrone (Ireland)
Trial Date: August 1829


Occupation: domestic servant


Children: Yes (14)