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Ann Henshaw (1778–1826)

Ann Holmes was sentenced to seven years transportation. She arrived in Sydney aboard the Royal Admiral in 1792. She had at least two children with Henry Hacking (there may be a third—Christopher) who had been a second master on the Royal Admiral.

In 1799 Holmes attempted to leave the colony aboard the Hunter. Hacking found out and asked the ship's captain William Kingston to also take himself and their children. The plot was discovered and the captain was charged with aiding a prisoner to escape as no record could be found whether Holmes' sentence was for seven years (in which case she was free to leave) or for life. Hacking perjured himself at the trial, saying that he told Kingston that they were leaving with the governor's permission. Kingston was acquitted and Hacking was sentenced to three years at Norfolk Island; he was pardoned a few days later.

On 5 January 1801 Ann Holmes married William Bowen. In February 1802 Hacking shot her, wounding her in the leg and side. He was sentenced to death but was again reprieved and was granted a full pardon in June 1803.

Following Bowen's death Ann married Thomas Henshaw on 28 May 1812; she had no further children. She was buried on 3 November 1826 at Sydney.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Holmes, Ann
  • Hacking, Ann
  • Hanshaw, Ann
  • Bowen, Ann

Yorkshire, England


2 November, 1826 (aged ~ 48)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years