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Mary Standley (c. 1750–1812)

Mary Anstey was found guilty on 7 August 1787 at the Warwick Assizes of stealing two silk handkerchiefs from a shop. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she arrived in Sydney in June 1790 aboard the Lady Juliana as part of the Second Fleet.

Anstey was sent to Norfolk Island on the Atlantic in November 1791 on the same ship as her future husband William Standley; the couple married in November 1791. The couple and their daughter left the island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Lady Nelson in February 1808 and lived at New Town, near Hobart.

Mary Standley died at Hobart on 12 November 1812; her age was given as 70.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), pp 135-36

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Anstey, Mary
  • Anstead, Mary
  • Anster, Mary

c. 1750


12 November, 1812 (aged ~ 62)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years