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Philadelphia (Phyllis) Pounds (1781–1816)

Philadelphia (Phyllis/Phillis) and her sister Frances Pounds were sentenced to life transportation for breaking into a house and stealing shoes, clothing and food. They arrived in Sydney in 1801 aboard the Earl Cornwallis.

Phyllis was assigned to James Underwood as a housemaid and was to live with him for six years and have three children. They did not marry however.

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Alternative Names
  • Pouns, Philadelphia

Farningham, Kent, England


26 December, 1816 (aged ~ 35)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life