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Jane Griffiths (c. 1767–1813)

Jane Thompson (c.1767-1813) was sentenced to 7 years transportation for an untraced crime on 4 October 1787 at the Leeds Quarter Sessions, Yorkshire. She arrived at Sydney in June 1790 aboard the Neptune as part of the Second Fleet.

Thompson was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize in August 1790. She married John Griffiths, a marine, on 5 November 1791 on a mass wedding ceremony on the island; they had at least five children. They couple left the island with three children for Port Jackson in April 1796 on the Supply.

Jane Griffiths was buried at Sydney on 5 February 1813; her age was given as 44.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 568-69

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Alternative Names
  • Thompson, Jane
  • Thomson, Jane

c. 1767
York, Yorkshire, England


4 February, 1813 (aged ~ 46)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years