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Mary Ashdown

Mary Ashdown, one of 219 convicts transported on the Duchess of Northumberland, 25 November 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ashdown
Aliases: Susan Mason
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Nursery maid
Date of Death: 7th April, 1919
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Duchess of Northumberland
Departure date: 25th November, 1852
Arrival date: 21st April, 1853
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 589 (297)
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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Community Contributions

Christine Woods on 12th January, 2016 wrote:

Brief biography in book “The Last Ladies” by Christine Woods.  ISBN 0 646 43073 4.
Proper name was Susan Mason.
Aged 15 on arrival.
Married Thomas Riddle on 6 May 1861 and had three children - John, Thomas and Lucy Riddle. 
Died in Victoria in April 1919.

Convict Changes History

Christine Woods on 12th January, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Susan Mason, date of death: 7th April, 1919 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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