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Mary Green (?–?)

Mary Green was found guilty on 18 April 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a teapot, and six teacups and saucers. Sentenced to seven years transportation she arrived in Sydney aboard the Prince of Wales in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Green was sent to Norfolk Island in November 1789 on the Supply; John Harris was also on the ship. The couple lived together and had a son by 1790 and a daughter in June 1794. The family left the island for Port Jackson on the Reliance in February 1796.

John Harris returned to England with his son in 1801, leaving his two daughters (the last born in 1796) at Sydney, in the care of James Larra.

It is not known whether Mary Green left with Harris when he returned to England with their son in 1801. She may also have been the Mary Harris who died in New South Wales in 1841, aged 70.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 149-50

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'Green, Mary (?–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 June 2024.

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  • Harris, Mary
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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years