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Maria Esther Bacon

Maria Esther Bacon, one of 101 convicts transported on the Lucy Davidson, 10 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Maria Esther Bacon
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: Cook/laundress
Date of Death: 20th December, 1832
Age: 39 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lucy Davidson
Departure date: 10th July, 1829
Arrival date: 29th November, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 100 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 106
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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Roger Churm on 29th June, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings October 1828

Maria Esther Bacon,Ann Lanham,Theft,simple larceny

Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin

2053. Maria Esther Bacon and Ann Lanham were indicted for stealing on the 30th of September,I 1b of beef,value 6d; 5 oz,weight of butter,value 5d; 1 1b weight of flour value 4d; 1 oz weight of cheese value 1d; 2 1bs of bread value 6d; 1 1b weight of potatoes value 1d,and 1/2 oz of pepper value 1/2 d., the goods of the Governor’s of the Society for Clothing Maintaining and Educating Poor orphans of Clergymen of the Established Church,in that part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain called England,until of Age to be put Apprentice.

Second Count,stating them to be the property of Sarah Ann Jones Widow.

Mr Clarkson conducted the prosecution.

Harriet Robertson. I live at the Clergy Orphan Society’s house in St Johns Wood.On.Tuesday,the 30th of September I opened the window at six o’clock in the morning,I saw Lanham.standing opposite the house in a doorway -she beckoned to me ,and I went and opened the Iron gate,and she came to it ; I had seen her there before;she asked if Mrs Bacon ,the cook,was come down;I said Bacon was not come down,but she would not be long;I told her to go round to the kitchen door and I would let her in;I did so,and she told me to tell Bacon she was waiting;Mrs Jones is the Housekeeper there,and had spoken to her before;I went up stairs,and told Bacon that the woman who was there the other night was waiting for her;Bacon said she supposed she had brought a letter or some word for her,and asked if I had let her in;I said yes;she asked why I had let her in,and told me to say she was coming down;I went down and told Lanham -she had brought some snuff ,and would have brought the spirits but she had no bottle,Bacon.came down in.five minutes,and I left them together,I.went up to the window,from
Whence I could have a view of anyone going out,and I saw Lanham going down the back way with a bundle under her arm;I told Mrs Jones ,we went out by the Iron Gate and round by the Wooden Gate ,where Laham had just gone through-we stopped her,Mrs Jones what she had got;she said"Some broken victuals from the cook “she was then taken into custody.

Sarah Ann Jones.I am mistress at the Clergy Orphan House.The witness was under my orders;I had received some communications from her,and on the morning of the 30th of September I was on the watch-and about six o’clock I saw Lanham standing on the opposite side of St Johns Wood Road leaning against a door;I saw her beckon to someone -the witness went out and unlocked the gate,she had no bundle in her hand then.

Bacons defence I had a great deal to do and had no time to wash my things .

Bacon.Guilty aged 35
Transported for Seven Years

Lanham Guilty aged 45
Confined for six months


Penny-Lyn Beale on 26th July, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Death Register, 1826-1879
Ship; Lucy Davidson
Age - 40 (Approx. birth date 1792)
Died - St James, Sydney
Date - 20.12.1832

Penny-Lyn Beale on 5th January, 2022 wrote:

1829 - New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents. Ship; Lucy Davidson
Indent No; 52
Name; Maria Esther Bacon
Age; 37 years, Married.
Native Place; Berks
Trade or calling; Cook
Offence; Stealing Bread
Trial; London - 11 Jan 1829 - 7 years
Height; 5 ft 4 1/2 in

Convict Changes History

Roger Churm on 29th June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 26th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 20th December, 1832 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 5th January, 2022 made the following changes:


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