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Mary Ann Dunn

Mary Ann Dunn, one of 164 convicts transported on the Cadet, 04 September 1847

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Dunn
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1822
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Assault and theft
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Cadet
Departure date: 4th September, 1847
Arrival date: 2nd January, 1848
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 166 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 204. Tasmanian Archives - convicts
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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Carol Axton-Thompson on 26th December, 2013 wrote:

Mary Ann Dunn was convicted at Stafford for stealing money. 10yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Cadet, arriving 1848.

unmarried, 1 child (Catherine Dunn) onboard with her. aged 25yrs; Hazel eyes; lt brown hair; 4’9 3/4”; Church of England; housemaid; reads. Native place - Staffordshire.

Child Catherine: admitted to Queens Orphan School, New Town on 06/01/1848.
Mother: Mary Ann Dunn per ‘Cadet’ 1.
Father: John Griffiths
Aged 10yrs
Discharged 19/02/1852 - to E.D. Walker, Perth, Tas. (most likely to employment)

Carolyn Woolley on 16th January, 2020 wrote:

Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 27 March 1847 HIGHWAY ROBBERY. MARY ANN DUNN and MYRA BAGGALEY were indicted for assaulting George Hemmings, on the highway at Hanley, and robbing him of 30s. in silver coin, on the 25th of April, 1846. The prisoners pleaded not guilty. Mr. Vaughan prosecuted for the crown, and Mr. Wooirych defended the prisoner Baggaley. The other prisoner was undefended. George Hemmings sworn and examined. I am a collier living at Hanley, and was at the ” Happy I.and” beershop about eleven o’clock on the night of the 25th of April last. The two prisoners and a man named Shaw were there at that time. I had only one small glass of ale there, but had drank two pints of beer in two other public houses that I had been in previously. Whilst the ” Happy Land,” I pulled out some money from my pocket, for the purpose of paying for some ale for man named Budd, who was there at the time. I had 30s. in pocket when I left the beer-shop. John Budd followed me out. I went towards Hanley church. There is a part of the churchyard called the Slabs. I saw the prisoner there. She came and asked me what I would give her. told her, nothing. Upon which she called to me, and said I want to speak to you.” I went towards her, and in few minutes I found her hand in my pocket. then went away from her, and left her. I did not lose money then. I saw her again when Shaw struck me. went straightforward through the slop-walk. The prisoner Dunn then came up to me, and put her arm round my shoulder, and her other hand towards the top of my pocket. I went few yards from her, when I met Shaw, whom I had seen previously with the prisoners in the ” Happy Land.” He struck out at me with one hand, which hit me in the mouth and loosened a tooth, and seized by the throat with the other and strangled down until fell on the ground. I was far throttled, that I became insensible, and on my recovery, found that all my money was goue. When Shaw struck me, the prisoner Baggaley stood about a couple of yards behind his hark. Cross-examined. was here last assizes at the trial of Shaw. I then spoke of more than one woman being at the Slabs. I mentioned the names of both prisoners. Baggaley was with Shaw when he struck me. Joseph Budd proved having been at the ” Happy Land” with the prosecutor on the night mentioned, and also with having subsequently seen the prisoners following him towards the church gates. Mrs. Lauton, a married woman, living Shelton, stated, that she was at her mother’s house in Ilauley the night in question, and that she had occasion to go towards the Slabs (accompanied by another woman) when she met the two prisoners coming towards them. Dunn walked first, and the other prisoner followed. Mary Ann Dunn spoke aud said, that they were either robbing or murdering somebody in the Slabs,” which Baggalev replied “you are a d—d liar, it is a man and his wife fighting.” When she went on a little further, she (witness; found the prosector lying on the ground insensible, with his face towards the sink-hole. He was carried home to his sister’s house. Inspector Cole gave evidence as to the apprehension of the prisoners, and the conviction of Shaw for this offence at the last assizes. When he appreheuded the prisoner Baggaley ‘who had formerly lived with Shaw,) she stated that she had been at the Slabs that night, but not with Dunn or Shaw. Dunn also denied having been at the Slabs the night in question. Mr. John Hugh Sweeting, chief superintendent of police, at Stoke, stated that he had the prisoner Dunn in custody, and that •be sent for him, and said she wished to tell him all she knew about the matter. He did not say anything to her, in the way caution or threat. She said she was standing when the robbery took place, but that she had nothing to do with it, and she mentiouea the names of two persons who were preaent at the time. This closed the case for the prosecution, when Mr. WOOLRYCH addressed the jury on behalf of the prisoner Baggaley, after which the jury consulted together for a few minutes, when tnev returned a verdict of ” Guilty ” against both prisoners. The learned JUDGE said, passing sentence, ” You have been found guilty on clear evidence of the offence with which you are charged, and a very serious offence it is. You are not content with robbing your victims, but you must get men to assault them, and, perhaps, kill them if they offer resistance. You are quite a nuisance in this country, and must be sent out of it as example. The sentence of the Court is, that you transported for ten years

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 26th December, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1822, gender, occupation, crime

Carolyn Woolley on 16th January, 2020 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 204. Tasmanian Archives - convicts British newspaper archive (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11

Carolyn Woolley on 16th January, 2020 made the following changes:


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