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Mary Garnham

Mary Garnham, one of 53 convicts transported on the Speedy, October 1799

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Garnham
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 29th October, 1819
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 7 years

Crime: Shop lifting
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Speedy
Departure date: October, 1799
Arrival date: 15th April, 1800
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 53 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 258
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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Anonymous on 10th August, 2011 wrote:

Married a Brown,
Had two children James Brown born 1804, and John brown born 1807.

Denis Pember on 25th November, 2015 wrote:

Mary Garnham trial at Old Bailey: 9 January 1799. (old Bailey Transcripts t17990109-32);
MARY GARNHAM, Theft > shoplifting, 9th January 1799.
MARY GARNHAM was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22nd of December, six yards of cotton, value 12s. the property of William Hopps, privately in his shop.
GEORGE HOPPS sworn. - Mr. William Hopps, my uncle, keeps a linen-draper’s shop in Cannon-street : On the 22d of December, between one and two o’clock, the prisoner came in, I shewed her several patterns, none of them suited her, she did not buy any thing, I began to put the goods away again; I turned round and saw her going out of the shop, with a print, partly concealed under her cloak; I took the print from her, and sent for an officer.
JAMES GRAY sworn. - I was in the back shop, when the prisoner came in.
Q. Did you see the prisoner take any thing? - A. No; not till she was going out; upon turning my head round, I saw the print hanging out.
Q. Was there any other person in the shop? - A. No.
JOHN RAPSON sworn. - I am an officer; I took charge of the prisoner, and Mr. Hopps delivered me this print, (producing it).
Hopps. This is my uncle’s print.
Q. What is the value of it? - A. Twelve shillings; it cost rather more.
Prisoner’s defence. I took the piece of cotton to the door to look at it.
Hopps. She said, none of the patterns suited her, and she was going out of the shop.
GUILTY Death . (Aged 31.)
The prisoner was recommended to mercy by the Jury.
Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. Justice HEATH.

Denis Pember on 25th November, 2015 wrote:

In the colony, Mary married John Brown (Convict, Earl Cornwallis, 1801).
John Brown of the parish of St John Parramatta and Mary Garnham of ditto were married in this church by banns this eighth day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and eleven by me Samuel Marsden, Chaplain.
John signed the register and Mary made her X mark.
in the presence of John Ferguson who signed the register and Mary Carol who made her X mark.
Mary and John had three children, James 1804, John 1807 and Thomas 1812.

In the 1820 census there is a side note:
Garnham, Mary, Jan 1800, Speedy, Quested Old Bailey Jan 1799, Life; Dead.
Mary had committed suicide by hanging on 31-10-1819.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 25th November, 2015 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

Denis Pember on 25th November, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 29th October, 1819 (prev. 0000)

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