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Phebe Parish (c. 1756–1820)

Phebe Norton (c.1756-1820), a charwoman and servant, was found guilty on 25 October 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing several items from her employer which she had pawned. She told the court that she had planned to redeem them if he had paid her her wages that were overdue. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, Norton arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Norton married William Parish on 13 February 1788 at Port Jackson; they had three children. Phebe Parish died on 8 October 1820 at Sydney; her age was given as 66.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 265

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Norton, Phebe
  • Norton, Phoebe
  • Parrish, Phebe
  • Potter, Phebe

c. 1756


8 October, 1820 (aged ~ 64)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 25 October 1786


Occupation: charwoman


Children: Yes (3)