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Mary Ann Smith (c. 1809–1874)

Mary Ann Smith nee Kingham (1809-1874), a housemaid, was found guilty on 6 December 1830 at the Surrey Assizes for stealing a bonnet. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in May 1831 aboard the America. According to her gaol report she was 'bad. Connected before'. She was single and had one child. She was described as being 4 feet 10 inches (147.3 cm) tall, with a dark ruddy complexion, brown hair, dark brown eyebrows, and dark grey eyes.

In February 1832 Kingham was sentenced to 10 days solitary confinement for repeated drunkenness. She married Joseph Smith on 21 January 1834 at St John's Church, Launceston, Tasmania, they had at least 10 children.

Mary Ann Smith died at Stanley on 23 September 1874. Her cause of death was given as 'chronic bronchitis'. Her age was given as 60.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Kingham, Mary Ann

c. 1809
Surrey, England


23 September, 1874 (aged ~ 65)
Stanley, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Surrey
Trial Date: 6 December 1830


Occupation: domestic servant
Children: Yes (1)


Children: Yes (10)