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Mary Ann Browning

Mary Ann Browning, one of 190 convicts transported on the America, 30 December 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Browning
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Needlewoman
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Gloucester Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: America
Departure date: 30th December, 1830
Arrival date: 9th May, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 181 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 547 (276)
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

Judy Jerkins on 10th March, 2014 wrote:

Mary Ann Browning married Charles Dix and produced a son Charles in Tasmania before going to the new colony of South Australia with Thomas Haynes onboard the Lady Emma, 1837.

She became a publican and had the old Commercial Inn which burnt down in the big fire and eventually the Halfway House Hotel on the Port Road, which still exists.

John Thomas Haynes died in a shipwreck, when his ship Sophia Jane sank bringing seal skins back in.

She raised two children Annie and Emily Jerkins after their mother died. She was by all records, a feisty, brave woman with a good business head. 

She eventually married Edward Grey, paid off her debts to the brewery in the same deal.  She later declared bankruptcy and spent time in gaol rather than allow Haynes’s English family to claim what was legally and rightfully hers.

Judy Jerkins on 26th November, 2019 wrote:

Mary Ann Browning was convicted with Sarah Harrison - the two girls were obviously good friends.  They were sent to trial and shared the dock, the cell and the voyage to Tasmania. They both married men with convict histories. When Mary Ann’s legal husband Charles Dix was arrested and sentenced to 14 years she took off with John Thomas Haynes, a settler in the New Norfolk area.  Haynes had a way bridge in Launceston too. Calling herself Mrs Haynes, she and her son Charles Dix sailed to South Australia on the Lady Emma in October 1838.

Convict Changes History

Judy Jerkins on 10th March, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: f, occupation, crime

Judy Jerkins on 26th November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000)

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