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Hannah Martin (c. 1769–1799)

Hannah Pealing (c.1769-1799) was found guilty (as Hannah Peeling) on 12 December 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a silver watch. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Juliana in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Pealing was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize, arriving in August 1790. She married Stephen Martin in a mass wedding ceremony on the island in November 1791; the couple had one daughter. Sometime after 1794 Hannah returned to Port Jackson. She was buried (as Hannah Pealing) at the Old Sydney Burial Ground on 27 August 1799.

information from

  • Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), pp 473-74
  • 'Stephen Martin', HMS Sirius 1786-1790, — accessed 29 January 2021

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Pealing, Hannah
  • Peeling, Hannah
  • Parling, Hannah

c. 1769


26 August, 1799 (aged ~ 30)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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