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Susannah Kable (c. 1763–1825)

Susannah Holmes (c.1763-1825) was found guilty on 19 March 1784 at Thetford, Norfolk, of the theft of a quantity of clothing, silver spoons and household linen. Her death sentence was commuted to 14 years transportation. She was sent to Norfolk County Gaol at Nowich Castle and met fellow convict Henry Kable there. Their son was born in the prison in 1786.

Holmes and her son embarked on the Friendship for New South Wales in March 1787; they were transferred to the Charlotte at the Cape of Good Hope, arriving in the colony in January 788 as part of the First Fleet.

Holmes married Henry Kable on 10 February 1788 at Port Jackson; the couple were to have 11 children.  She died on 8 November 1825; her age was given as 63. She was buried at St Matthew's, Windsor.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 178

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  • Holmes, Susannah

c. 1763
Norfolk, England


6 November, 1825 (aged ~ 62)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years