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Hannah Pugh (c. 1758–1826)

Hannah Smith (c.1758-1826) was found guilty on 5 April 1785 at the Winchester Quarter Sessions of stealing a quantity of clothing, with Daniel Gordon, from a house. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she was discharged to the Charlotte with her young son William (sometimes also called Edward) in March 1787, was transferred to the Friendship at Rio de Janeiro and then transferred to the Lady Penrhyn at the Cape of Good Hope. She arrived at Sydney, with her son, in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. William Smith was buried at Port Jackson on 6 June 1788.

Hannah Smith married Edward Pugh on 15 June 1788. They had at least five children.

Hannah Pugh was buried at Sydney on 17 October 1826; her age was given as 77.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 334-35

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Smith, Hannah

c. 1758


17 October, 1826 (aged ~ 68)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years