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Esther Abrahams

Esther Abrahams, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Esther Abrahams
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1767
Occupation: Milliner
Date of Death: 26th August, 1846
Age: 79 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 325 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 10
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Anonymous on 26th June, 2011 wrote:

she was one the only 150 buried at New south Wales in 1846

Anonymous on 19th April, 2012 wrote:

Esther Abrahams was 20 years old when indicted for stealing 24 yards of black silk lace, value, 50s., the property of Joseph and Charles Harrop, from their shop.

When indicted she was pregnant and gave birth to her daughter ‘Rosanna’ on 18/3/1787.  Whilst on board the Lady Penrhyn, she met Lieutenant George Johnston and after landing at Sydney Cove became his de-facto wife.

Her biography makes very interesting reading and can be found on the ‘Australian Dictionary of Biography’ website.

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2016 wrote:

Esther’s record at the Old Bailey can be accessed on the Session Papers 1785-86, page 994, trial 664. Record t17860830-4.

She did eventually marry George Johnson, 12th November 1814 at St Johns, Parramatta.  By this time they actually had seven children.

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2016 wrote:

The 1828 Census records her with some of the family.  # Note George had died in 1823.
Page 211…
[Ref J0542] Johnston, Robert, 30, born in the colony, Protestant, farmer, Annandale, Petersham.
[Ref J0543] Johnston, Esther, 54, free, Protestant.
[Ref J0544] Johnston, Julia, 25, born in the colony.
[Ref J0545] Johnston, Blanche, 19, born in the colony.

Her daughter Rosanna, was married to Isaac David Nichols (Third Fleet Convict, 1791, Admiral Barrington)  I have been unable to locate her on the census but several of her children are there.

The Robert mentioned here became a lieutenant in the Royal Navy.
Sydney Gazette Thursday 4 Aug 1831: MARRIED.
By Special Licence, on Saturday last, at St. James’s Church, Sydney, by the Rev. Richard Hill, Robert Johnston, Esq., of Annandale, Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, to Fanny, eldest daughter of Joseph Weller, Esq. of Cleveland House.

Another brother, David is living by himself as a landholder in the census. Page 210 [Ref J0501].  He also married later. The Australian Tues 16 Feb 1836 p.2 Marriage.
By special licence on Wednesday last, at St. Lukes Church, Liverpool, by the Rev. Richard Cartwright, David Johnston, Esq., of Georges Hall, Banks Town, to Miss Selina Willey, niece of Major Antill of Jarvisfield. The bridal party set off for Horsley the seat of Edward Weston Esq.

Denis Pember on 6th October, 2016 wrote:

The Edward Weston esquire mentioned in the above was probably George Edward Weston, who had married the sister Blanche in 1829.
Sydney Gazette Sat 23 May 1829 p. 2
by Special Licence, on Thursday last, at St James’s Church, by the Venerable the Archdeacon, George Edward Nicholas Weston, Lieutenant in the Hon. East India Company’s Service, to Blanche, youngest daughter of the late George Johnstone, Esq. of Annandale.
The sons and daughters of Esther seem to have done very well for themselves.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 19th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1767-00-00, date of death 1846-08-26, gender f

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