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Mary Ann Bigwell

Mary Ann Bigwell, one of 140 convicts transported on the Henry Wellesley, 17 July 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Bigwell
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Henry Wellesley
Departure date: 17th July, 1837
Arrival date: 22nd December, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 139 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 95 (49)
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th July, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842. Annotated Printed Indentures 1837

Date of trial; 12 June 1837

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In remarks column; Relanded

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th July, 2020 wrote:

MARY ANN BIGWELL, Theft > theft from a specified place, 12th June 1837.
1544. MARY ANN BIGWELL was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of June, 2 sovereigns, 2 shillings, and 1 £10 Bank note, the monies and property of Henry Hall, her master, in his dwelling-house.

HENRY HALL, ESQ . I live in Langham-place, in the parish of Saint Mary-lebone—the prisoner was my under housemaid for two months. On Wednesday, the 31st of May, I placed a purse, containing a £10 note, a £5 note, two or three sovereigns, and some silver, on my dressing-table in my bed-room previous to going to bed—I missed a £10 note on Friday morning when I left my bed-room and came to my dressing-room to dress—the prisoner had access to that room in the course of her duty—I first missed the £10 note, and afterwards the sovereigns and silver, finding only the £5 note remaining—I had received the note from Hammersleys, my bankers, on the 30th.

RICHARD ACOTT . I am butler to Mr. Hall. On Friday, the 2nd of June, my master told me of his loss—I mentioned, when the servants were altogether, and the prisoner was present, that master had lost a £10 note out of his purse in his dressing-room—they all denied all knowledge of it—the prisoner made no observation at all—on the Saturday evening, about seven o’clock, she came to me in the pantry, and asked me if master had found his money—I said he had not—she was in her working dress then—I saw her again about half past ten o’clock dressed in her best clothes—I let her into the house, I did not know she had been out—on the Sunday, while she was at church, I went up stairs to her drawer with the housekeeper, and found a good many new clothes, and among them some bills of different tradesmen, and one from Mr. Gotobed.

JOHN CANE . I am shopman to Mr. Gotobed, of Great Marylebone-street On Saturday night, the 3rd of June, between nine and ten o’clock, the prisoner came and purchased some goods—she tendered a £10 note—I saw the change given to her—this is the bill I gave her—it amounts to 21. 12s. 9d.; —I put the note into the till—it was taken out on Monday morning, and handed over to the policeman—there was no other £10 note there—it must have been the one she gave me.

THOMAS HARRISON . I am a policeman. I produce the note, and the new things which were found in the prisoner’s drawers, also a purse, four sovereigns, two sixpences, and 1s. 3d. in copper.

MARMADUKE PYBUS . I am a clerk in the house of Hammersley. Mr. Hall keeps cash there—on Tuesday, the 30th of May, I paid this note to him.

(Amelia Newland the prisoner’s aunt; and George Greenhill, an artist, gave her prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Transported for Life.—(Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor and Jury in consequence of the temptation, and her previous good character.)

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th July, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: f

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), crime

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