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Mary Anne James (c. 1801–1829)

Mary Anne Lewis, a housemaid and laundry maid, was found guilty on 18 February 1824 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing six sovereigns, and sixteen shillings from a man. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney in January 1825 aboard the Grenada. She was apparently married to Charles Lewis who had been sent to Van Diemen's Land as a convict about two years earlier (He could possibly be Charles Lewis who came on the Lady East which arrived in VDL in 1825 or more likely he was the Charles Lewis who arrived on the Commodore Hayes in 1823). She was buried on 3 June 1829 at Baulkam Hills; her age was given as 28.

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Alternative Names
  • Lewis, Mary Anne
  • Lewes, Mary Anne

c. 1801
London, Middlesex, England


2 June, 1829 (aged ~ 28)
Baulkham Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 18 February 1824


Occupation: washerwoman