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Watkins, Mary (c. 1765–?)

Mary Watkins (c.1765- ) was found guilty on 25 April 1786 at Cowbridge, Glamorgan, Wales, of stealing clothing, including 18 linen caps. Held at the Cardiff Gaol, she embarked on the Friendship for New South Wales in March 1787, transferred to the Charlotte at Rio de Janeiro on 11 August, and arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Watkins was sent to Norfok Island on the Supply in November 1789 and subsisted herself on a Sydney Town lot on which she had cleared 115 rods by July 1791. In June 1794 she was living with Isaac Tarr; they left the island on the Daedalus in November 1794. Tarr married another woman in 1797. Watkins may have died with no record of her burial surviving.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 372

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'Watkins, Mary (c. 1765–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/watkins-mary-31068/text38439, accessed 16 October 2021.

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c. 1765
Wales

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years