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Dorothy Handland (c. 1720–?)

Dorothy Handland (c.1720- ), who, by 1786, was separated from her second husband and worked as 'an old clothes woman' (dealer), was estimated by Surgeon Bowes to be aged 82, and was recorded at Newgate Gaol as 60, was found guilty on 22 February 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, of perjury. Handland had prosecuted William Tell at the Old Bailey in 1785 for theft of clothing from her lodgings; the court found, however, that she had persuaded a witness to give false evidence and then tried her for perjury. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. 

After serving her sentence without incidence, Handland was ordered a passage to England (with two other elderly convicts — John Turner and Henry Barnett), by the lieutenant governor. Handland left the colony on the Kitty in 1793 and was reported to have arrived safely at Cork, Ireland, in February 1794.

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'Handland, Dorothy (c. 1720–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 May 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Gray, Dorothy
  • Handlyn, Dorothy
  • Henley, Dorothy

c. 1720

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Crime: perjury
Sentence: 7 years