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Ann Smith (c. 1750–1837)

Ann Smith (c.1750-1837) was found guilty on 1 March 1785 at Winchester, Hampshire, of breaking into a house and stealing a £10 bank note, a silver watch, and other goods. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she was sent to the Dunkirk hulk and embarked for New South Wales on the Charlotte in March 1787, arriving in the colony in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. Her one-year-old daughter, Ann, accompanied her.

Smith had a son, Thomas, with Patrick Burn, who had been on the Dunkirk hulk at the same time as her. In March 1790 Ann was sent to Norfolk Island with her children on the Sirius. She lived with William Smith on the island and returned to Port Jackson with her children on the Kitty in 1793. In 1806 she was living in Parramatta with William Smith and her son. She was still living with Smith in 1828. Anne's son Thomas, his wife and two children were also living in the house. Ann Smith died at Seven Hills and was buried on 26 September 1837; her age was recorded as 87.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 332-333

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Alternative Names
  • Overy, Ann

c. 1750
Hampshire, England


25 September, 1837 (aged ~ 87)
Seven Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years