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Mary Harrison (c. 1760–?)

Mary Harrison (c.1760- ) was found guilty on 6 March 1784 at Lincoln, England, of stealing some bills of exchange from a Gainsborough post office. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she embarked for New South Wales on the Prince of Wales in March 1787, transferring to the Lady Penrhyn at Rio de Janeiro in August. She arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Harrison had a daughter with Samuel Moore, a seaman from the Prince of Wales, in 1789. She had a second daughter with John Long, a lieutenant of marines in 1791. It appears that Long took Mary and her children back with him when he returned to England on the Gorgon in December 1791.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 163

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c. 1760

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years