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Mary Love (c. 1726–?)

Mary Love (c.1726- ), a widow, was accused of receiving a wether lamb that Elizabeth Bird and John Love had stolen. Elizabeth and John were sentenced to death on 15 March 1785 at Maidstone, Kent; Mary Love was sentenced to 14 years transportation. She and Bird were sent to Southwark gaol. Love's age on embarkation was given as 60. She arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penryhn as part of the First Fleet. She fell down the steerage during the voyage and broke two ribs.

On 12 January 1789 Mary Love and Elizabeth Lock were beaten by convict John Russell who was seeking 'Nurse' Jane Creek, whom he said was his 'property'. Russell was ordered 300 lashes for attacking the women and for obstructing John Bazley in his work.

Love returned to England on the Britannia, arriving in July 1797. Her provisions were paid for by the government.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 224

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'Love, Mary (c. 1726–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 July 2024.

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c. 1726
Rainham, Kent, England

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years