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Mary Hardy

Mary Hardy, one of 62 convicts transported on the Indispensible, February 1809

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Hardy
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1780
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1st August, 1821
Age: 41 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: Old Bailey
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Indispensible
Departure date: February, 1809
Arrival date: 18th August, 1809
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 62 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 419 (209)
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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Denis Pember on 21st May, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org), 6th April 1808
Trial of MARY HARDY (t18080406-3).
MARY HARDY, Theft > theft from a specified place, 6th April 1808.
MARY HARDY was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 26th of March , in the dwelling house of Samuel Northwood , thirty seven guineas, forty one half guineas, sixty seven shilling pieces, twenty two dollars, a crown piece, one hundred and thirteen half crowns, seventy nine shillings, thirty nine sixpences, and twenty one bank notes, value 1 l. each , his property.
The case was stated by Mr. Knapp.
SAMUEL NORTHWOOD. Q. You live at the Old Parr’s Head at Islington. - A. Yes, the corner of Cross street, in the parish of St. Mary, Islington ; the prisoner was a lodger in my house, she had lodged with me better than two years and a half; she had the second floor over my bed room.
Q. Did anybody live with her? - A. Yes, Robert Hardy , her husband; I had frequently lost money, I did not know how it was lost; in my presence, about eleven o’clock on Saturday the 26th of March, my wife marked two half-crowns; when she went upstairs she found that her pockets had been moved, and the money was gone.
Court. What pieces were they? - A. Two half-crowns; I went upstairs to bed, and found they were gone; I saw her mark them and put them in her pocket just before going up to bed.
Mr. Knapp. You went to bed. On the next day what did you do? - A. In the morning I got Mr. Mason the officer; I told him the circumstance; we went upstairs and knocked at the prisoner’s door, she opened the door; I told her that I had lost money from time to time, and I had suspicion that she had taken it. Mr. Mason asked her whether she had any objection to shew what she had got in her pocket; she pulled out some money, a knife, and a key from her pocket; then she hesitated about pulling out any more; Mr. Mason told her he must search her; then she pulled out a purse; Mason took the money from the purse, he took out the two half-crowns; I immediately knew them.
Court. What did you do with the two half-crowns?  A. Mr. Mason took them in his possession.
Mr. Knapp. Were these half-crowns that were taken out of the purse the half-crowns that you had so marked and put into the pocket of your wife? - A. Yes, I am sure of it; upon their being found, the prisoner said it was her own money; I desired Mason to search further, I was sure there was more money; he went to search a box, which the niece said was hers; the prosecutor, when she found Mr. Mason was going to open it, said it was hers; in the box was a little red trunk, containing a quantity of silver, and a one pound note in a paper box; in a silk glove was a large quantity of guineas and some notes; there were two of the notes with my initials on them.
Mr. Gurney. It is not pretended that these notes were lost at the same time, the only loss that evening was two half-crowns; it is not affected to be said that anything else was lost at that time.
Mr. Knapp. Did you miss the notes at that time? A. No, before.
CHARLOTTE NORTHWOOD. Q. We understand on this night you had marked two half crowns, and put them in your purse in your pocket before you went to bed. - A. Yes.
Q. What did you do with your pockets when you went to bed? - A. I undressed myself and laid my pockets in a chair; I came down for my child, leaving the room without any body in it; when I came up stairs again I looked in my pockets and missed the two half-crowns.
Q. Have you seen the half-crowns that were found upon the prisoner? - A. Yes, I am certain they were mine, they were loose in my pocket.
The half-crowns produced and identified.
The prisoner left her defence to her counsel, and called no witnesses to character.
GUILTY, aged 27.
Of stealing the two half-crowns only.
Transported for Seven Years.
First Middlesex jury, before the Lord Chief Baron.

Denis Pember on 17th October, 2017 wrote:

On 30th April 1810, just a few months after arrival in the colony, Mary married Thomas Storer (Third Fleet Convict, 1791, “Albermarle”).
It would appear that the couple may not have had a family.
Thomas had been married to Mary Kearns (Irish Convict, 1793, “Sugar Cane” and there were several children to that marriage. However, Mary Kearns was still alive when Thomas ‘married’ Mary Hardy so details of family require further research.  In fact Mary (Hardy) died in 1821, before Mary (Kearns) in 1826.
Thomas also died in 1821.

This is further complicated by the muster records.
In 1800/02, Mary Kearns is with no one, Thomas is with a Mary Curring of the “Boddingtons”.
in 1805/06 Mary Kearns is not with Thomas Storer but ‘wife’ to William Chalker.
Thomas Storer is with a Mary Currin.
in the 1814 muster..
[2914] Mary Kearns is a landholder, off stores and with no children listed.
[7171] Mary Hardy is wife to Thomas Storer, 1 child, off stores.
[4621] Thomas Storer is listed as a blacksmith.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 21st May, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 1780 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st August, 1821 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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