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Sarah Dorset (1766–1838)

Sarah Dorset was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a greatcoat. She arrived at Sydney in 1790 aboard the Lady Juliana as part of the Second Fleet. She had a son, Edward, with Edward Powell a seaman on the ship. He was baptised on 13 June 1790 a few days after landing.

Eight weeks later mother and child were sent to Norfolk Island. Powell returned to England. Her daughter Rebecca was born in 1792. Her father is not known. Sarah returned to New South Wales with her children in February 1794. By 1803 she was living with John Woodward. She died in 1825.

* information from Michael Flood, The Second Fleet: Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 249

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11 March, 1838 (aged ~ 72)
Kincumber, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years