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Ann Martin (1790–1863)

Ann Huxley (1790-1863), alias Ann Plain, a plain cook, was found guilty on 4 September 1833 at Surrey of stealing cotton. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Edward in 1834 with five of her eight children: Francis (13), Selina Elizabeth (12), Penelope (11), Thomas (8) and Eliza Ann (6). She had been imprisoned before. The ship's surgeon reported her conduct as 'indifferent'. She was described as being 42 years old, 4 feet 8 inches (142.2 cms) tall, with a pale complexion, grey hair and grey eyes.

Describing herself as a widow, Huxley married John Martin on 11 January 1836 at Hobart. The couple moved to Victoria where Ann worked as a midwife.

Ann Martin died (as Sarah Anna Martin) on 21 July 1863 at Melbourne.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Huxley, Ann
  • Paine, Sarah
  • Huxley, Sarah Ann
  • Martin, Sarah Anna
  • Phillips, Sarah Anne

London, Middlesex, England


21 July, 1863 (aged ~ 73)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death


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Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Surrey
Trial Date: 4 September 1833


Occupation: domestic servant
Married: Yes
Children: Yes (8)