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Ann Morrisby (c. 1762–1813)

Ann Brooks was found guilty on 12 December 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a pair of sheets. She was sent to Newgate Gaol until she embarked on the Lady Juliana for New South Wales in March 1789, arriving in June 1790. Her young son William Brooks accompanied her.

Brooks (who sometimes gave her surname as Lavender) was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize in August. She married James Morrisby on 5 November 1791 at a mass wedding ceremony on the island. The couple left the island with their children on the Porpoise in December 1808 for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). She was buried (as Ann Moresby) on 2 February 1813 at Hobart; her age was given as 50.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 174

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Brooks, Ann
  • Lavender, Ann

c. 1762
London, Middlesex, England


1 February, 1813 (aged ~ 51)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years