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Sarah Hall (c. 1740–1827)

Sarah Hall (c.1740-1827), alias Sarah Hammond, was found guilty on 10 January 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing two gowns, a shirt, a sheet, two waistcoats, two aprons, a cloak, five handkerchiefs and three pairs of stockings from a house. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet.

Hall was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. By 1805 she owned a hut valued at £10. She left Norfolk Island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in 1811, and settled at Hobart where she was known as Hammond. Her burial (as Mary Hammond) at Hobart was recorded on 2 May 1827; her age was given as 96 but was probably no more than 87; her occupation was given as 'poor woman'.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 156-157

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'Hall, Sarah (c. 1740–1827)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Hammond, Sarah
  • Hale, Sarah
  • Hammond, Mary

c. 1740


1 May, 1827 (aged ~ 87)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years