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Sarah Bentley

Sarah Bentley, one of 131 convicts transported on the Indispensible, October 1795

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Bentley
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1780
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 19th October, 1869
Age: 89 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Indispensible
Departure date: October, 1795
Arrival date: 30th April, 1796
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 131 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 206
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

Denis Pember on 9th June, 2015 wrote:

Sarah was tried at the Old Bailey, 16 September 1795, by the second Middlesex jury, before Mr Justice Recorder. [Old Bailey Transcripts 17950916-80].
Her crime was stealing 2 cotton gowns, a cloth cloak, a linen apron, a muslin handkerchief, and a shawl handkerchief, all the property of one John Taylor.
It would appear that she had been taken in and reared by the family of John and Jane Taylor.  Sarah returned this kindness by breaking into a locked box and absconding with all the goods therein.  Later that day Sarah attempted to pawn the goods but was taken by the pawnbroker to the Marlborough street station.  She stated that she had nothing at all to say.  Was found guilty and transported for 7 years, aged 16 at the time.

Denis Pember on 9th June, 2015 wrote:

sarah arrived in the colony on 30 April 1796 and on 12 September 1796 she married John Warby (Convict: Pitt, 1791).
They had a long and productive life together.  Sarah and John had 23 children of whom 11 survived to Adulthood.  John became a very successful landholder, constable and explorer.

Denis Pember on 11th June, 2015 wrote:

1828 Census of New South Wales; [Ref - W0526].
Warby, Sarah, 48, FS, Indispensible, 1796, Wife to Settler at Airds.
Also shown with husband, John (54) FS, and children Jane (22), Mary (16), Robert (15), Eliza (13), James (11), Joseph (9), all born in colony.
Family landholding 900 acres, 400 cleared, 200 cultivated, 10 horses, 200 horned cattle and 2 sheep.

Convict Changes History

Kerry Foley on 29th July, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1780, date of death 19th October, 1869, gender

Kerry Foley on 29th July, 2013 made the following changes:

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Denis Pember on 9th June, 2015 made the following changes:


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