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Fanny Dyer

Fanny Dyer, one of 278 convicts transported on the Admiral Gambier and Eolus [Aeolus], July 1808

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Fanny Dyer
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1765
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 6th May, 1822
Age: 57 years

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 a gown etc.
Convicted at: Wilts. Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Admiral Gambier and Aeolus
Departure date: July, 1808
Arrival date: 20th December, 1808
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 279 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 416
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

Denis Pember on 21st January, 2016 wrote:

Fanny was a convict who came to the colony aboard the ship ‘Aelous’ in 1809.

She married William Pantony (Convict, Matilda, 1791. They married Oct 11 1813 at St Matthew’s Windsor, Hawkesbury.
They had no children as yet located.
William was murdered at Richmond in 1819.

Heather Stevens on 7th March, 2019 wrote:

According to the ship’s indent she had been convicted 12 March 1808 at the Wiltshire assizes and sentenced to 7 years transportation.

Newspaper reports gave some detail of her trial: “At the Assizes at Salisbury, ... capitally convicted Fanny Dyer, for stealing from the dwelling-house of Thomas Duck, Milldenhall, labourer, two cotton gowns, and other articles.” [Hampshire Chronicle 21 March 1808] According to other newspaper reports, she was sentenced to death and reprieved.

She is ‘Frances Doyle, AEolus, Mar 1808, Salisbury’ in the 1811 population muster

Marriage 11 Oct 1813 St Matthews church Windsor: William Pantony and ‘Frances’ Dyer, both of Richmond, by Banns, by Robert Cartwright. William marked, Fanny signed ‘Fanny Dyer’. Witnesses Charles Gordon (signed), Alice Gordon (marked), Joseph Harpur (signed).

1814 Population Muster: Fanny ‘Dier’, ship ‘Aelous’, convict, off stores, 2 children, wife to ‘W Pentony’. The two children were probably her husband’s previous wife’s children William and Maria (they were born at Norfolk Island, mother Sarah Smith, father’s name apparently George Lee).

After her husband died in 1819, she apparently took over the farm. In the 1819 Land and Stock Books she is listed as ‘Fanny Pantony’, and gives details of the stock and produce of her 50 acres (includes 121 sheep). In the Population Book, she is Fanny Dyer AEolus widow

In the Richmond Population Book 1820, she is Fanny Dyer, Aelus, “widow”

Her Death and Burial are recorded in Richmond (St Peter C of E church) parish register: “Fanny Pantony aged 57 years came Prisoner to the Colony on the Ship AEolus in the year [blank] Died May 6th was Buried May 8th 1822 by me Henry Fulton”.

Heather Stevens on 7th March, 2019 wrote:

I would like to make a correction to my last contribution. The two children in the 1814 muster are unlikely to be William and Maria. William was 20 in 1814 and Maria married in 1812.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 21st January, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: f

Heather Stevens on 7th March, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1765 (prev. 0000), date of death: 6th May, 1822 (prev. 0000), crime

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