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Phebe Guyatt (c. 1750–1798)

Phebe Williams (c.1747-1798) was found guilty on 2 April 1788 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a piece of printed cotton, containing four yards and three quarters, valued at 7 shillings. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she remained at Newgate Gaol until she was discharged to the Lady Juliana in March 1789. She arrived at Sydney in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Williams married Edward MacClean on 24 December 1790 at St Philips Church, Sydney; both marked the register with an X. Following her husband's death in 1794 Phebe married (as Phebe McLain) John Guyatt at St John's Church, Parramatta, on 8 October 1794.

Phebe Guyatt was buried (as Phebe Williams) on 10 January 1798 at St John's, Parramatta.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), pp 614-15

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • MacClean, Phebe
  • McLean, Phoebe
  • Williams, Phebe
  • Guiat, Phebe
  • McLain, Phebe

c. 1750


9 January, 1798 (aged ~ 48)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (shop)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 2 April 1788