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Sarah Peters (c. 1824–1881)

According to paper work associated with her death certificate, Sarah Peters nee Jones (c.1824-1881), a housemaid, arrived in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Margaret. There is no record for this arrival. It is likely she was the Sarah Jones sentenced to 7 years transportation on 11 April 1842 at Liverpool, Lancashire, for stealing a cloak. She arrived at VDL in January 1843 aboard the Garland Grove. She had been convicted once before for stealing. According to the surgeon's report she was 'very bad' and had been two years 'on the town'. She was described as being 19 years old, 5 feet 3¾ inches (162 cms) tall, and had a brown complexion, brown hair, and light hazel eyes. She also had five blue dots on her left hand.

Convict's Conduct Record

  • 31 March 1845 — larceny under £5 — 12 months hard labour, Factory Launceston
  • 17 November 1845 — absconding — 4 months hard labour, Cascade

Jones married Richard Peters on 8 September 1851 at St George's Church, Hobart; both signed the register with an 'x'. The couple had six children.

Sarah Peters died of a mediastinal tumour on 25 May 1881 at Hobart; her age was given as 60.

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'Peters, Sarah (c. 1824–1881)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Jones, Sarah

c. 1824
Bath, Somerset, England


21 May, 1881 (aged ~ 57)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (mediastinal)

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Lancashire
Trial Date: 11 April 1842


Occupation: domestic servant


Children: Yes (6)