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Sarah Slater (c. 1757–?)

Sarah Slater (c.1757- ), a watch chain maker, was found guilty on 26 May 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of shoplifting a silk cloak. Her death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation on 3 March 1785. She arrived at Sydney (as Mary Slater) aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Slater was sentenced to 25 lashes for supplying the liquor that had made Elizabeth Leonard drunk. She was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790.

Mary Slater left Norfolk Island aboard the Britannia, bound for India, on 21 November 1793.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 331

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  • Slater, Mary

c. 1757

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years