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Sarah Partridge (c. 1764–?)

Sarah Partridge (otherwise known as Sarah Roberts) and Ann Moore were found guilty on 14 January 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing goods from a shop. Their death sentences were reprieved to 7 years transportation. Partridge was sent to Newgate Gaol until sent to New South Wales aboard the Lady Penrhyn in 1787, arriving January 1788, as part of the First Fleet.

Her name did not appear in colonial lists until the baptism of her daughter, Ann Maria, with Henry Ball on 22 August 1789. It is believed that Ball took Partridge and his daughter to England when he returned in November 1791; her sentence had expired by then.

No mention of Sarah or her daughter was made in Ball's will but Ball's sister Mary made 'my niece "Ann Maria"' her heir in 1820.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 278

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  • Roberts, Sarah

c. 1764

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years