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Jane Parkinson (c. 1765–1787)

Jane Parkinson (c.1765-1787) alias Partington alias Marsden, a milliner, was found guilty on 24 July 1785 at Manchester, England, of stealing several yards of fustian cloth from two clothing firms. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she was sent to the Dunkirk hulk on 21 October 1785, bringing her nine-month-old son, Edward, with her. Declaring that she would kill herself if separated from her son the authorities allowed her to keep him with her. She was also given permission to take him with her when she embarked on the Friendship in March 1787 for New South Wales. The pair were transferred to the Lady Penrhyn on 28 October 1787 at the Cape of Good Hope.

Jane Parkinson died six days after leaving Table Bay.  

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 407

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Parkinson, Ann
  • Partington, Ann
  • Marsden, Ann
  • Parkenson, Jane

c. 1765


November, 1787 (aged ~ 22)
at sea

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years