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Ann McCarty (c. 1766–c. 1799)

Ann Beardsley (indicted as Ann Beadley) was found guilty at Derby, England, on 5 August 1786, of stealing one black satin cloak and other goods from a house. Sentenced to five years transportation, she spent a year on the Dunkirk hulk before arriving at Sydney aboard the Charlotte. She had embarked on the Friendship but was transferred to the Charlotte at Rio de Janeiro on August 1878.

When Beardsley was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790, she took along her daughter Harriet who had been baptised on 1 March 1789 and was fathered by marine John McCarty/McCarthy. She married McCarty in a mass ceremony conducted by Rev. Richard Johnson on Norfolk Island in November 1791. Three more children were born to the couple; it is believed only two made it to adulthood.

Ann died on Norfolk Island sometime between September 1796 and 1801.

information from

  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 30

Citation details

'McCarty, Ann (c. 1766–c. 1799)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 April 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Beardsley, Ann
  • Beadley, Ann
  • Baizley, Ann
  • Beazley, Ann
  • Bazely, Ann
  • Beazly, Ann
  • Bezley, Ann
  • McCarthy, Ann

c. 1766
Derbyshire, England


c. 1799 (aged ~ 33)
Norfolk Island, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: unknown