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Mary Fitzgerald

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Fitzgerald
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: 1877
Age: 69 years

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing a gown etc.
Convicted at: Fermoy Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Maria
Departure date: 4th May, 1849
Arrival date: 23rd July, 1849
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 10 other convicts


Primary source: Co.Cork gaol register LDS Film 2356519, Pioneer Index BDM 1803-1899 Tasmania. Legislative Council Papers 47/1871-pg 38.
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Community Contributions

Helen Webster on 21st August, 2012 wrote:

Mary Fitzgerald was convicted at Fermoy, Ireland in October of 1848 along with her two daughters Catherine aged 15 and Mary Ann aged 11. They were accused of stealing a gown, coat and a quilt. Mary (snr) was sentenced to 7 years transportation and the girls to 12 months and 6 months hard labour respectively. Mary stated that she was a widow without any relatives, so the girls were allowed to accompany her on the voyage to Tasmania. The "Maria" departed Kings Town, Dublin in October of 1848 and arrived in VDL in July of 1849.  Mary was first sent to the "Anson" hulk and the girls sent to the Queen’s Orphanage. Mary was granted a conditional pardon in 1854. By 1861 Mary was unable to work and she was receiving an allowance from a charitable institution, and she died aged 70 years in 1877 of a strep infection. She was listed as being ‘buried by friends’.

Convict Changes History

Helen Webster on 21st August, 2012 made the following changes:

new convict, term 7, convicted at 1767, occupation 36, crime 117, firstname Mary, surname Fitzgerald, source Co.Cork gaol register LDS Film 2356519, Pioneer Index BDM 1803-1899 Tasmania. Legislative Council Papers 47/1871-pg 38., date of birth 1808-00-00,

Keith South on 8th January, 2015 made the following changes:


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