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Ann Smith (1785–?)

Ann Smith (1785- ) accompanied her mother aboard the Charlotte which arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. Ann also accompanied her mother and younger brother when they were sent to Norfolk Island in March 1790 on the Sirius. The family lived on the island with William Smith and returned to Port Jackson on the Kitty in March 1793.

Ann Smith was employed as a servant in the household of Andrew Hume at Parramatta in 1796. It is possible that they had known each other at Norfolk Island where Hume had been sent in 1790 by Governor Philip to help in the production of flax. He had also returned to Port Jackson on the Kitty in 1793. In 1796, Ann who by then was aged 11 and was living at Parramatta with her mother, took Andrew Hume to court on the charge of ‘assault with intent to ravish and carnally know’ (rape). Hume was acquitted of the charge after a two day trial. There are no further records for Ann Smith in the colony.

* information from HMS Sirius 1786-1790 website, http://hmssirius.com.au/ann-smith-convict-child-charlotte-1788/  — accessed 18 June 2020

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'Smith, Ann (1785–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/smith-ann-30474/text37785, accessed 2 March 2024.

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1785
Hampshire, England

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