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Ann Lucas (1758–1832)

Ann Howard (1758-1832), a nurse and midwife, was found guilty on 12 December 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a dimity petticoat, two muslin aprons and a child's laced cap from the married woman she was nursing. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she remained at Newgate Gaol until discharged to the Lady Juliana in March 1789. She arrived at Sydney in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Howard had a son Thomas with Thomas Lucas (born 29 December 1791) a marine. She and the child left with Lucas for Norfolk Island in October 1794. The couple married on 17 August 1801 and had three more children. The family moved to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in September 1808 on the City of Edinburgh, settling on 100 acres at Queenborough, 180 at Kingborough and 60 acres at Lennox. Following her husband's death in 1815 Ann continued to work the land with her four sons.

Ann Lucas died on 10 June 1832 at Kingston, Tasmania and was buried with her husband at St David's, Hobart; her age was given as 74.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 342

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Alternative Names
  • Howard, Ann

London, Middlesex, England


10 June, 1832 (aged ~ 74)
Kingston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 12 December 1787


Occupation: nurse (general)


Children: Yes (4)