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Isabella Rowe (1759–1847)

Isabella Manson was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing four coats, a waistcoat, a pair of breeches. a woollen nightgown, a petticoat, an apron and a pillow case. She arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Lady Juliana as part of the Second Fleet. Her age when she was transported was given as 28.

On 12 July 1790, less than six weeks after arriving in the colony, she married First Fleet convict John Rowe. She had three children with Rowe. The Musters often list her as having four children, but there is only bdm documentation for three children.

The 1816 and 1828 Musters list her as living with Joseph Fowkes.

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Alternative Names
  • Roe, Isabella
  • Manson, Isabella
  • Smith, Isabella

Kent, England


15 June, 1847 (aged ~ 88)
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years