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Mary Eggleton (c. 1760–1799)

Mary Dickenson (c.1760-1799), a barrow woman, was found guilty on 8 January 1787 at the Southwark Quarter Sessions, Surrey, of stealing eleven waistcoats from a shop. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Dickenson married (as Mary Dickison) William Eggleton on 17 February 1788 at St Philip's Church, Sydney; they had four children.

Mary Eggleton was buried on 25 August 1799 at Sydney; her burial was registered at St Philip's Church.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 104

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'Eggleton, Mary (c. 1760–1799)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Dickenson, Mary
  • Dickerson, Mary
  • Dickinson, Mary
  • Dickison, Mary

c. 1760


24 August, 1799 (aged ~ 39)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years