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Sarah Gittins

Sarah Gittins, one of 106 convicts transported on the Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Mary, January 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Gittins
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 19th September, 1772
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 22nd May, 1850
Age: 77 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: Fraud
Convicted at: Salop, Shrewsbury Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mary Anne
Departure date: 16th February, 1791
Arrival date: 9th July, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 12 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 130
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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Joan Hickey on 19th August, 2016 wrote:

Sarah Gittins , convict, arrived in Sydney on board the “Mary Ann” in 1791 - part of the Third Fleet.  There were 150 female convicts on board.  She was sentenced to seven years for Fraud.  Sarah was charged by grocer, John Muckleston of the St.Mary’s Parish in Shewsbury of taking food (tea, sugar, currents and soap) for herself and charging it to her employer Mrs. Lettia Scott.
According to the T.D.Mutch files (on microfilm at Mitchell Library, Sydney) Sarah’s daughter, Jane, was probably born on board the Mary Ann on the way out to Australia.  Sarah married twice but never had any other children.  Husbands;
Charles Martin on 12 August 1792 and Phillip Roberts on 27 November 1799.  Sarah died in 1850 in Sydney.
Jane Gittins married John Dorrington in 1808.

Denis Pember on 30th April, 2017 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 320…
[Ref R0969] Roberts, Philip, 62, CP, Pitt, 1792, Life, Constable, Portland Head. 70 acres, 20 cleared, 18 cultivated, 1 horse.
[Ref R0970] Roberts, Sarah, 57, Mary Ann, 1791, 7 Years.

Convict Changes History

Joan Hickey on 19th August, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 1850 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Joan Hickey on 19th August, 2016 made the following changes:

voyage, occupation, crime

Denis Pember on 30th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 19th September, 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 22nd May, 1850 (prev. 0000), gender: f

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