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Mary Turley (c. 1762–1826)

Mary Turley (c.1762- 1826) was found guilty in September 1801 at Dublin, Ireland, of stealing. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney in June 1802 aboard the Hercules. Her husband James had also been found guilty of swindling and was sentenced to transportation but died just before the Hercules had left port.

Turley lived with Daniel McLease in 1806 and was with William Flynn by 1811. The couple were found guilty in December 1814 of receiving kitchen utensils, knowing that they were stolen. Flynn was sentenced to three years hard labour at Newcastle penal settlement; Turley was to be exposed for one hour in the pillory and then work for four years in the public factory.

Mary Turley was living with Martin Coffee at Campbelltown in 1825. She died at the General Hospital, Sydney, and was buried on 17 November 1826; her age was given as 64.

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c. 1762
Dublin, Ireland


16 November, 1826 (aged ~ 64)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Dublin (Ireland)
Trial Date: September 1801


Married: Yes