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Ann Sydes (1771–1820)

Ann White and Sarah Woolley were found guilty on 28 October 1789 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing four yards of printed cotton, with a value of 8 shillings, from a shop. Sentenced to 7 years transportation the women arrived in Sydney aboard the Neptune in 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

White formed a relationship with John Scott, a sailor from the Sirius, in Sydney. Their daughter Elizabeth Ann was baptised on 24 July 1791; the child was buried on 6 September 1791.

Scott had left a Second Fleet crew to join the crew of the Supply in October 1790. He was discharged from the ship in November 1791 and given permission to become a settler in that same month. He sailed to Norfolk Island (probably with Ann White). In June 1794 they were recorded as a childless married couple. Scott left the island around September 1795 on the Asia bound for China and never returned.

White then had two children with Kennedy Murray before he left the island in 1802. She then formed a relationship with Richard Sydes/Sides, a convict blacksmith. They were married on 14 March 1814 in Launceston.

*further information: Peter McKay, A Nation Within a Nation: The Lucas Clan in Australia (2004), p 1603; Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (2001), p 605

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Sides, Ann
  • White, Ann

London, Middlesex, England


20 December, 1820 (aged ~ 49)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years