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Mary Holmes

Mary Holmes, one of 101 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, August 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Holmes
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Nottingham Liberty of Southwell and Scrooby Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: August, 1816
Arrival date: 24th February, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 102 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 277 (140)
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 26th December, 2011 wrote:

C/LSS 1/2 Quarter session minute book 13 Jan 1810-17 Oct 1823

‘An indictment being preferred and found against Mary Holmes for felonously stealing one cotton gown and other articles the property of Mary Nuthall to which she pleaded Guilty - It is Ordered by the Court that the said Mary Holmes be taken hence to his Majestys House of Correction at Southwell and from thence to the County Gaol at Nottingham to be transported for the term of Seven years to such parts beyond the Seas as His Majesty in Council shall think fit"

Mary was assigned to Justice Barron Field on arrival in Sydney but soon dismissed.
In 1818 she had a son with Thomas SLANEY - the child (Joseph) died aged 12 days.
On 29 October 1818 she married Charles FROUD (Larkins 1817). Charles died 24 Jan 1819.  Their son Charles was born 7 July 1819.
On 20 Jan 1822 she had a daughter, Hannah, with Thomas FLOWERS (convict, ship unknown). 
On 1 April 1824 she had a son, Isaiah/Josiah, with Joseph DANKS (convict, ship Eliza(I)).  She married Joseph DANKS 24 July 1826.  They had a daughter, Sarah, on 26 March 1828.  Joseph died 25 Aug 1836.
Mary died at an unknown date.
She continued a life of petty crime after transportation, known convictions being for stealing three ducks, and for stealing a box and a pound note.  She was sent to the female factory and to Darlinghurst gaol for these crimes.
Mary is my great-great-great-great-grandmother.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th July, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856
Copies of Letters Sent Within The Colony, 1814-1827
Application to Marry - 5 October 1818 Signed; William Cowper. Chaplain
Charles Froud - Prisoner per ship Larkins
Mary Holmes - Prisoner per ship Lord Melville

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 26th December, 2011 made the following changes:

date of birth 1784-00-00, gender f

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