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Mary Martin (1764–1843)

Mary Allen, was sentenced, on 25 October 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, to seven years transportation for the theft of a watch and money. She arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. A daughter, Charlotte, was baptised on 6 May 1790; she died on 15 May 1792. From that year Mary lived with Edward Paild (Pales); they had five daughters. Following his death in 1802 Mary lived with John Martin; they had a son and daughter. In 1814 Mary was recorded as a widow living in Windsor.

Mary Martin died on 9 June 1843 at Goulburn.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 5-6

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Alternative Names
  • Allen, Mary
  • Paild, Mary
  • Pales, Mary
  • Parles, Mary
  • Allain, Mary
  • Allein, Mary
  • Pails, Mary

London, Middlesex, England


9 June, 1843 (aged ~ 79)
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years