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Jane Metcalf (1756–1854)

Jane Wilson alias Scanlan was sentenced to seven years transportation. She arrived in Sydney in 1794 aboard the Surprize. After marrying James Metcalf in 1807 she lived with Robert Forrester until his death. It seems that at some time in the late 1830s she reconciled with James Metcalf  and they began living together again. Jane died aged 98 on 17 October 1854. Her name was registered in the bdm as Jane Metcroft.

* information from Louise Wilson, Robert Forrester, First Fleeter (2009), pp 310-11

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Alternative Names
  • Scanlan, Jane
  • Forrester, Jane
  • Wilson, Jane
  • Scanton, Jane
  • Scandling, Jane
  • Scandal, Jane
  • Scantling, Ann



17 October, 1854 (aged ~ 98)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years