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Mary Wishaw (c. 1759–c. 1800)

Elizabeth Wishaw (c.1759-c.1800) was found guilty on 10 September 1788 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing clothing from a man who slept in a lodging room next to hers. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Juliana in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Wishaw was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize in August 1790. From about 1792 she lived with James Sheers: they had two children: James (b.1794) and Mary (b.1795). Wishaw died on Norfolk Island sometime between 1800-1802.

information from

  • Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 622
  • HMS Sirius 1786-1790 — accessed 11 September 2020

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'Wishaw, Mary (c. 1759–c. 1800)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Sheers, Mary

c. 1759


c. 1800 (aged ~ 41)
Norfolk Island, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years