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Mary Hambly (c. 1765–1796)

Mary Springham (c.1765-1796), a hawker, was found guilty on 25 October 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing 30s.2d. and a snuff box from a woman. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1787 as part of the First Fleet.

Springham had a son, William (baptised 1790) with Michael Hambly. The couple and their baby went to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790; they were married in the mass wedding ceremony on the island in November 1791. By mid November 1794 three children were living on Hambly's farm on the island.

Mary Hambly died on 15 June 1796 on Norfolk Island.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 341

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Alternative Names
  • Springham, Mary
  • Hambley, Mary

c. 1765
London, Middlesex, England


15 May, 1796 (aged ~ 31)
Norfolk Island, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years