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Mary Ann Biggs

Mary Ann Biggs, one of 149 convicts transported on the Pyramus, 08 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Biggs
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Housewife
Date of Death: 12th September, 1899
Age: 87 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: Bristol City Quarter Session on 6th April 1831
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Pyramus
Departure date: 8th October, 1831
Arrival date: 5th March, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 148 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 199 (102)
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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Kevin Knight on 6th February, 2014 wrote:

Stayed in Australia at the end of her sentence and got married.

D Wong on 6th February, 2014 wrote:

Mary Ann Biggs was a Barmaid at Temple Street when convicted, along with 2 others, for stealing 12 yards of linen bed ticking.

Mary Ann was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Biggs of Bristol, Gloucestershire.  Her father Charles was a farrier.

1832: Assigned to J McIntyre at Hunters River.

1/8/1836: Married colonist James Pithers, son of William and Ann Pithers of Cooks River at St Luke’s Liverpool.  James was an apprentice Tailor and they had 9 children.

22/12/1838: COF

Susan capel on 4th February, 2020 wrote:

James Pithers married Mary Ann Biggs in Sydney in 1836.
They had 9 children, the youngest was James Silvester Pithers b1857. His youngest child is my mother Nioma Phyllis Moore ( b1924 née Pithers). She is now 95 yrs old and is the grandchild of convict Mary Ann Biggs.

L Ellis on 8th May, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, St. John’s Parramatta, Burials, 1790-1986

I’ve been researching Mary Ann, my husband’s 2x GGM. Mary Ann got pregnant shortly after boarding the Pyramus and was 5 months pregnant when she got to NSW. She named the baby girl Eliza. Eliza died when she was 11 months old. Glad she met James. I hope they had a happy life together.

Convict Changes History

Kevin Knight on 6th February, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), date of death: 12th September, 1899 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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