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Susannah Wheeler (c. 1765–1814)

Susannah Huffnell (c.1765-1814), a charwoman, and Mary Cooper were found guilty on 19 July 1785 at the Worcester Quarter Sessions of stealing apparel. Sentenced to 7 years transportation the women were sent to the Dunkirk hulk, where they remained until they embarked for New South Wales on the Friendship in March 1787. The women were transferred to the Lady Penrhyn on 5 April 1787 and arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Huffnell had a daughter with William Baker, a marine, in 1788. She and her daughter were sent to Norfolk Island by the Sirius in March 1790 where she began a relationship with James Clark; they had two children. By about 1809 Huffnell was living with John Wheeler in New South Wales.

Susannah Wheeler died on 11 April 1814 at Sydney.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 182

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'Wheeler, Susannah (c. 1765–1814)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 30 May 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Huffnell, Susannah
  • Uffnell, Susannah
  • Hoffnal, Susannah
  • Huffnal, Susannah
  • Huffnail, Susanah

c. 1765
Worcestershire, England


11 April, 1814 (aged ~ 49)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years