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Mary Palmer (1768–1822)

Mary Spencer was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing one cotton and one silk handkerchief, a green quilted tammy petticoat and a black silk coat. She arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Prince of Wales as part of the First Fleet. In November 1789 she was sent to Norfolk Island where she had a son with James Squire in 1790. She returned, alone, to Port Jackson in 1792.

Mary married John Palmer a private in the NSW Corps in 1797. No record of her has been found after 1800. She was described as deceased in James Squire's will of 1822.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 340

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  • Spencer, Mary

Formby, Lancashire, England


1822 (aged ~ 54)
New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years