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Margaret McLean (c. 1762–1825)

Margaret Bunn (1762-1825) was found guilty on 26 April 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, of theft. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet.

Bunn married Thomas McLean (as Thomas McLain) on 16 March 1788 at Sydney Cove. Thomas left the colony at the end of his sentence in December 1791. By 1806 Margaret was living with William Mumford. She was listed as a widow in 1814, with one child. In 1824 she was described as the wife of J. Townsend. Margaret was buried (as Margaret Mc Lane) at Sydney on 19 May 1825; her age was given as 60.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 58

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Bunn, Margaret
  • Burn, Margaret
  • Mumford, Margaret
  • Burne, Margaret
  • Mc Lane, Margaret

c. 1762


18 May, 1825 (aged ~ 63)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years