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Mary Inch (1772–1809)

Mary Kirk was convicted of grand larceny at Guildhall, Yorkshire, in 1791 and sentenced to seven years transportation. She arrived in Sydney in 1792 aboard the Royal Admiral. In 1794 she had a daughter with Frederick Meredith, and married Robert Inch on 21 December 1800.  She died in March 1809, after the boat Argument, which was on a voyage from Pittwater to Sydney with a cargo of wheat, one passenger (Kirk) and a crew of two, was wrecked off Broken Bay during a storm. Everyone aboard drowned.

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Alternative Names
  • Kirk, Mary

Yorkshire, England


March, 1809 (aged ~ 37)
at sea

Cause of Death


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Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years