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Hobbs, Bridget (1766–1843)

Bridget Heslin was sentenced to seven years transportation for being a member of a gang that stole bleached linen from the bleach greens in Dublin, Ireland. She arrived in Sydney in 1793 aboard the Sugar Cane. Members of her family were part of the gang including her father Patrick Haslin, who was executed; her mother, and her brothers Patrick, who was transported to New South Wales on the Boddingtons in 1793 and her brother John. Other known gang members were Joseph Kearns alias Dungan (transported per Boddingtons), Mary Hughes (transported per Sugar Cane), Michael Dooley (probably executed) and Thomas Hughes (fate unknown).

Bridget married Robert Hobbs on 30 October 1815.

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Alternative Names
  • Heslin, Bridget
  • Hensling, Bridget

Dublin, Ireland


25 October 1843
Pitt Town, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years