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Mary Shirley (1758–1824)

Mary Winspear and Mary Flanagan were sentenced, on 2 April 1788 at the Old Bailey, London, to seven years transportation for stealing three men's hats from a shop. The women were sent to Newgate Prison, London. Both arrived in Sydney aboard the Lady Juliana in June 1790.

On 30 July 1790 Winspear married John Young. The next day the couple were among the 194 convicts sent on the Surprize to Norfolk Island (Flanagan was also on board). The Youngs had a small allotment at Charlotte Field (Queenborough). Young either died or left the island between 1797-1801.

Mary married James Shirley on 5 November 1791. They both left the island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in 1808 aboard the Estramina. She appeared in the 1814 and 1819 Musters as Mary Shirley and the 1822 Muster as Mary Winspear. She died on 10 February 1824 at Hobart Town. Her name on her death certificate was given as Mary Shirley.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 621

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Alternative Names
  • Winspear, Mary
  • Winsfield, Mary
  • Young, Mary



10 February, 1824 (aged ~ 66)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years