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Margaret Fownes (c. 1741–1788)

Margaret Fownes (c.1741-1788), a widow, was found guilty on 4 August 1784 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, of assault and the theft of a canister, linen cloth, and money. Her death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. She arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Fownes was buried at Sydney Cove on 18 June 1788.

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

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1741
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England


17 June, 1788 (aged ~ 47)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years