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Susanna Pickett (c. 1727–1816)

Susanna Pickett (c.1727-1816) was found guilty (as Susannah Picket) on 12 December 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a cloak from a shop. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she was held at Newgate Gaol until discharged to the Lady Juliana in March 1789. She arrived at Sydney in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Pickett was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize, arriving in August 1790. She was living with James Murphy by 1793. Following Murphy's death in 1804 she lived with John Brown, a stock keeper on Norfolk Island. The couple left the island for Port Jackson on the Kangaroo in 1814. They were described by the superintendent as an old, poor couple who required public support.

Susannah Brown died on 13 October 1816 was buried two days later at the Old Sydney Burial Ground; her age was given as 89.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 479

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'Pickett, Susanna (c. 1727–1816)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Pigott, Susanna
  • Pickett, Susannah
  • Picket, Susanna
  • Brown, Susannah
  • Brown, Susanna
  • Pricket, Susan
  • Prickett, Susan

c. 1727


13 October, 1816 (aged ~ 89)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years