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Mary Fowles (c. 1782–?)

Mary Fowles (c.1782- ) arrived at Sydney, with her convict mother Ann Fowles, aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. In February 1789, at about the age of seven, she was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply, to separate Mary from her mother, whom David Collins described as being 'a woman of abandoned character'. Two other children — Joseph Harrison and Edward Parkinson — were sent to Norfolk Island at the same time. The children were given into the care of the public, with five acres of ground set aside to provide for their support and education.

Mary was discharged from the list of convict children to the women's list until around the age of 12. She was working for assistant surgeon Mr Jamison in June 1794.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 133

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c. 1782
Middlesbrough, England

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