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Maria Forrester (1814–1854)

Maria Carroll was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing books. She arrived in Sydney in 1836 aboard the Roslin Castle. She was described in the convict's indent as a widow, house maid and Roman Catholic. She was 5 feet 2¼ inches (157.5 cms) tall, could read, had a fair complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes, and a small pockpit over her right eyebrow. Her age was given as 21.

A year after her arrival she married William Forrester.

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  • Carroll, Maria

Dublin, Ireland


26 May, 1854 (aged ~ 40)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years