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Esther (Rosanna) Stewart (1787–1837)

Esther (Rosanna) Abrahams was born in Newgate prison, London, England, on 18 March 1787 while her mother was waiting to be transported to New South Wales. She embarked with her mother on the Prince of Wales on 3 May 1787, transferring to the Lady Penrhyn for the voyage to the colony. Mother and daughter arrived at Port Jackson in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

In 1805, aged 17, she married (as Rosanna Julian) Isaac Nichols. They had three children. Following Nichols' death she married James Stewart (Stuart) in 1820. She died at Sydney on 11 April 1837.

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  • Stuart, Esther
  • Abrahams, Esther

18 March, 1787
London, Middlesex, England


11 April, 1837 (aged 50)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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