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Sarah Dunnage (c. 1758–1788)

Sarah Parry (c.1758-1788) was found guilty on 22 February 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a silver watch and accessories from a man with whom she had been drinking and who — too drunk to go home — spent the night with her. Her death sentence was commuted to life transportation on 4 January 1787. She arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet.

Parry married Joseph Dunnage on 13 February 1788 at St Philip's Church, Sydney.

Sarah Dunnage died in the hospital on 11 March 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 276-77

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Parry, Sarah
  • Perry, Sarah

c. 1758


11 March, 1788 (aged ~ 30)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life