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Nichols, Mary (1769–1804)

Mary Warren was found guilty on 25 March 1788 at Warwick, England of stealing linen. Sentenced to seven years transportation, she arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Lady Juliana as part of the Second Fleet. She had a son, Samuel, with Samuel Braiden, a seaman on HMS Supply. She then had a daughter with Peter Dargin, a marine. She married Isaac Nichols on 11 September 1796 at St Philip's Church, Sydney.

Mary Nichols died on 20 October 1904. Her body was found floating in water near Goat Island. An inquest found that her death was accidental, 'by insanity'.

* information from Michael Flood, The Second Fleet: Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 594

Additional Resources

  • inquest, Sydney Gazette, 28 October 1804, p 2

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Warren, Mary
  • Braiden, Mary
  • Dargin, Mary



20 October 1804
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Cultural Heritage
Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years