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Mary Martin (?–?)

Mary Martin was found guilty on 18 April 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing several items of clothing from a house. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney aboard the Prince of Wales in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Martin was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790 where she lived with Herbert Keeling. After Keeling returned to Sydney in 1793, Martin earned her living washing and sewing. She left Norfolk Island for Port Jackson on the Daedalus in November 1794. No further records have been located for her.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 239

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Alternative Names
  • Mather, Mary
Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years