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Mary Wall (c. 1770–1839)

Mary McGuire/McGwyer was sentenced to 7 years transportation for grand larceny on 4 April 1806, at Bristol, Gloucester. She arrived at Sydney in June 1807 aboard the Sydney Cove.

McGuire married William Wall on 13 June 1808; they were to have three children. The couple had separated by 1817. Their youngest son George Wall, and only daughter, Rhoda Wall, were sent to orphan schools.

In March 1819 William Wall took a trip to England, returning to Sydney on 31 December 1820. He seems to have returned to living with Mary on his return and to have been at least occasionally violent towards her. He hanged himself in their house in York Street, Sydney, on 20 February 1821. His inquest found that he was in a state of lunacy and intoxication, and had stabbed Mary the previous day.

Mary Wall died on 12 September 1839 at Sydney; her age was given as 69.

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Alternative Names
  • McGuire, Mary
  • MacGwyer, Mary
  • McGwire, Mary
  • McGwyer, Mary

c. 1770


12 September, 1839 (aged ~ 69)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years