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Mary Ann Goulding/crocker

Mary Ann Goulding, one of 151 convicts transported on the Edward, 23 April 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Goulding/crocker
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Nurse girl/servant
Date of Death: 12th July, 1880
Age: 66 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
Convicted at: Middlesex Session Peace
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Edward
Departure date: 23rd April, 1834
Arrival date: 4th September, 1834
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 150 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 346
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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Jo Castley on 16th June, 2013 wrote:

Married ticket of leave convict Robert Bright in Launceston, Tasmania 1841.

Susan Roberts on 21st June, 2015 wrote:

Copies of original handwritten records in the Tasmanian Archives (LINCs) shows that Mary Ann Goulding (ship:Edward)married Robert Bright (ship: Georgiana) on 10th March, 1841 (St Johns church,marriage registered in Launceston).At the time of their marriage it states Robert was a labourer aged 24 and Mary Ann Goulding was a convict aged 20.The ages on the marriage record may be wrong as ships records say Robert Bright was aged 19 in 1832. This means it is worth checking the birth dates for both.There is another Mary goulding in convict reords who arrived on the Rajah so it may cause some confusion.

D Wong on 23rd June, 2015 wrote:

According to ‘Founders and Survivors’ webpage, Mary Ann was 13 years old on arrival, however, on her headstone at the Amherst Cemetery, Talbot, Victoria, Mary Ann died on 12/7/1880 aged 66, which would make her birthdate 1814 and 20 years old on arrival.

Mary Ann was transported for ‘Stealing a clock’, she was 4’7 1/2” tall, illiterate, fair complexion, brown hair, dark brown eyes, scar on left cheek, single.  Native place: Bethnal Green.

1835: House of Correction.

10/3/1841: Married Robert Bright (Georgiana 1833)
1 son James born 16/3/1842 - William 1848, Robert 1856 born Loddon, Victoria, there were other children.

12/7/1880: Mary Ann died and was buried with Robert at the Amherst Cemetery, Talbot, Victoria.

Nicki Renfrey on 24th January, 2016 wrote:

HO17 Petition for Clemency
Petition Zs3
Submitted by Mary Ann’s Mother - Sarah Crocker

“The humble petition of Sarah Crocker


That a daughter of your petitioners, Mary Ann Goulding (who assumed her mothers maiden name) was convicted along with Elizabeth Diamond and Emma Wells at the late Clerkenwell SEssons of stealing a watch from a Brokers shop in Oxford STreet and low lies in Newgate under sentence of transportation for 7 years.
Permit your petitioner to state that her daugther in only in her thirteenth years, that she never was in a prison till now andthat your petitioner verily believes this is her first dishonest act nor would she have committed this had she not have been enticed from her work (a silk winder) her ill designed persons and made their dupe.
The prosecutor at the trial recommended her to mercy on account of her youth and even told the Chairman that he thought she had been led away by the others.
Under the circumstances your Petitioner hopes that your Lordship will be pleased not to send her out of the Country but order her to be sent to the refuge or penitentiary so that your Petitioner may yet see her become a useful member of society

And your Petitioner
As in Duty bound
Will ever pray
22nd March 1834”

This clearly shows her Mother saying she is 13.  Mother is Sarah Crocker, so Mary Ann is actuallly Mary Ann Crocker, but took on her Mother’s maiden name, maybe to not bring shame on the family?  Mary Ann’s death certificate has her maiden name as Crocker

Convict Changes History

Jo Castley on 16th June, 2013 made the following changes:

surname Goulding/crocker (prev. Goulding), date of birth 1814, date of death 1880, gender, crime

D Wong on 23rd June, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 12th July, 1880 (prev. 1880), occupation

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