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Frances Hamilton (1758–1837)

Frances (Fanny) Anderson, a dealer, was found guilty on 7 March 1786 at Winchester, Hants, of the theft of a key and eight guineas, and the theft of a waistcoat and other goods. Sentenced to seven years transportation she was received at the Dunkirk hulk on 8 December. On 11 March 1787 she embarked for Sydney on the Charlotte, transferred on 11 August to the Friendship at Rio de Janiero and then transferred to the Lady Penrhyn at the Cape of Good Hope on 28 October. She arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. Arthur Bowes Smyth, the Lady Penrhyn's surgeon, recorded her age as 30.

Anderson married Simon Burn on 10 February 1788; they lived at the Northern Boundary Farms, two miles from Parramatta, until Burn's death in October 1794. On 18 January 1795 Fanny married John Hambleton (Hamilton). No record of her presence in the colony has been found after 1801.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 8

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Alternative Names
  • Hambleton, Frances
  • Anderson, Frances
  • Burn, Frances
  • Humbleton, Frances



1837 (aged ~ 79)
New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years