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Sarah Harmsworth (c. 1786–1837)

Sarah Wheeler accompanied her parents, John (a convict) and Sarah (née Sloan) Wheeler aboard the Kitty which arrived at Sydney in November 1792. She was sent to Norfolk Island with her parents in 1792 on the Philadelphia and in 1802 had a son John Wheeler with Benjamin Butcher. Three years later she had a daughter with John Harmsworth and may have had a daughter Mary Wheeler with John Best in 1806.

Wheeler and her children left Norfolk Island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) with Harmsworth in 1810.  She was buried as Sarah Harmsworth on 24 July 1837 at Hobart; her age was given as 60 and her occupation as midwife.

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Alternative Names
  • Wheeler, Sarah
  • Aimsworth, Sarah

c. 12 August, 1786
London, Middlesex, England


23 July, 1837 (aged 50)
Tasmania, Australia

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