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Mary Bond

Mary Bond, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Bond
Aliases: (nee Sutton)
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1756
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft of household goods
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1071 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 61 (32)
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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Phil Hands on 20th September, 2017 wrote:

Mary Bond (nee Sutton) was a widow, when at Wells, Somerset on 19th August 1786 she was charged with stealing a petticoat and other goods from her parents, sentenced to transportation for 7 years she was held on the prison hulk ‘Dunkirk’ (the only woman among nearly 350 male convicts) from 30th January 1787 to October 1789.
Left England on 19th January 1790.
Ship:- The Neptune was one of the three ships that made up the second fleet. She embarked her convicts in December 1789 and sailed from England on 19th January 1790. carrying 424 male convicts & 78 female convicts, one Hundred and Fifty-Eight convicts died on the Neptune during the voyage to Port Jackson (147 male & 11 female). The three ships of the Second Fleet arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, in company, on 13th April 1790 following a passage of just 84 days from Portsmouth. The Neptune embarked an additional twelve convicts at the Cape of Good Hope (survivors of the Guardian ship wreck).
Arrived on 28th June 1790, 158 days after leaving England.

Maureen Withey on 25th April, 2020 wrote:

National Archives.
HO 47/6/47 1787 July 12
Report of Beaumont Hotham on 1 individual petition (unsigned) on behalf of Mary Bond, convicted at the Somerset Summer Assizes at Wells, for stealing a quilted petticoat, 3 aprons, 3 white handkerchiefs, 4 caps and 4 pieces of ribbon, 3 yards of lace and a hat, property of James Sutton, the prisoner’s father, on 14 July 1786. Evidences supplied by Mary Sutton, prisoner’s mother; Alice Davis, Jane Tucker, Joseph Hardwill and Jorden Hake. Judge will not recommend her to mercy as she had stolen from her mother before, incited her younger sister to crime and abandoned her 2 young children. The prisoner had married Bond (her second husband) despite her mother’s advice to the contrary. Grounds for clemency: the dress was said to be her own, had behaved well aboard the Dunkirk hulk, had given birth just before boarding the ship and the baby was still with her. Initial sentence: 7 years transportation. Recommendation: no mercy.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 20th September, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: (nee Sutton), date of birth: 1756 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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