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Mary Archer

Mary Archer, one of 73 convicts transported on the Borneo, 07 May 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Archer
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Nursery housemaid
Date of Death: 1861
Age: 50 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Receiving
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Borneo
Departure date: 7th May, 1828
Arrival date*: 7th January, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 73 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 392
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 31st March, 2012 wrote:

Mary Archer was transported for receiving stolen goods.  She had been goaled twice before one for a brazing pan and one for some bottles of wine.  She was single, 5’4 1/2" tall, dark fresh complexion, large head, dark brown hair, long oval face, straight forehead, dark arched eyebrows, dark brown eyes, small nose and mough, long oval round pointed chin.  She had 2 blue spots of the back of her right hand, scar above the bridge of her nose, scrophula mark on the right side of her nick.

18/11/1828: Temp.Factory/absconded from the factory. remaining about 4 hours - intoxicated -Cell on bread and water 14 days.
13/12/1828: Temp.Factory/Absconded from the factory on Monday last and remained absent until apprehended the same day - Factory 3 months.
24/3/1830: Mr Howe/Using bad language and trying to extort 10s per week from Geo. Davis - Placed in the C Class House of Correction.
18/4/1837: Out after hours and found the the theatre - Admonished.

June 1829 - Applied to marry George Roberts who was free.

3/2/1838: CP.

Mary died of intemperate habits 7/10/1861.

George Roberts was born in 1808 and died 13/12/1853 Liverpool, Hobart.

Leonie Foster on 27th December, 2012 wrote:

It appears Mary married a George Foster on 25 October, 1830. They had three sons, John William Foster, B.1833 D.1895, Robert Walker Foster, B.1835 and William Foster, B.1836,D.1860.Probably all born in Hobart Town. No further details have emerged as to Mary and George’s life together.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1811-00-00, date of death 1861-00-00

Anonymous on 29th March, 2012 made the following changes:

gender f

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