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Mary Porter (1765–1850)

Mary Hutchinson and her mother Ann were sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing clothing and money. They arrived in Sydney in 1791 aboard the Mary Ann. By about 1792 Mary was living with James Weavers. They settled on a farm close to her mother in the Hawkesbury region. Her mother married a convict who had come on the same ship as Weavers. It is believed that James Weavers died in a conflict with Aborigines in 1805. Mary's mother also died around this time. Mary, who by this time had three or four children, went to live with her stepfather, Richard Porter. They commenced a defacto relationship, had several children and married on 8 June 1811.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Weavers, Mary
  • Hutchinson, Mary
  • Hatcheson, Mary

23 May, 1765
London, Middlesex, England


20 January, 1850 (aged 84)
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years