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Mary Ann Hudson

Mary Ann Hudson, one of 82 convicts transported on the Grenada, 25 September 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Hudson
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
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: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Grenada
Departure date: 25th September, 1824
Arrival date: 23rd January, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 81 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 183 (93)
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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Maureen Withey on 9th September, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 September 2021), April 1824, trial of MARY ANN HUDSON (t18240407-93).

MARY ANN HUDSON, Theft > theft from a specified place, 7th April 1824.
701. MARY ANN HUDSON was indicted for stealing on the 22d of February , at the Liberty of the Rolls , one bonnet, value 1 l.; two feathers, value 10 s.; five shirts, value 2 l.; two shawls, value 30 s.; two gowns, value 30 s.; three petticoats, value 8 s.; four handkerchiefs, value 1 l.; five cravats, value 5 s.; one pair of half-boots, value 4 s.; two half-sovereigns, and twenty shillings, the property of John Bamber , in his dwelling-house .
RUTH BAMBER . I am the wife of John Bamber . We live at No. 7, Shire-lane , in the Liberty of the Rolls, and keep a confectioner’s shop . The prisoner came to lodge and board with us, on the 12th or 13th of February - she was a stranger before that, She sometimes slept in one room and sometimes in another, she had no particular room. My husband and I sleep in the shop. We keep our property there in a box. On Sunday, the 22d of February, we missed the box, clothes, and all together, just before 10 o’clock in the morning, when we got up. I also missed a band-box, containing my bonnet and feathers.
Q. Did she go to bed on Saturday night - A. Yes, she went to bed before us, and slept on the second floor that night - she was in the habit of doing little things for us, and lighting my fire. The box was on the top of my bureau bedstead, and was safe when we went to bed. I heard her come into our room about seven o’clock in the morning - she set about lighting the fire, but I did not hear her go out. I and my husband were in bed, and when we got up at ten o’clock we missed this property, and she had left the house. I had not heard her go out of the room. She had been nine days with us, and had given no warning. I had no reason to suppose that she was going, I am sure that the box was on the top of our bedstead when we went to bed, There was a lamp burning in the room when she was there, We let the house out in lodgings - some of the lodgers are single women.
Q. Do you take them in without a character - A. Yes. I fell asleep while she was in the room, and did not see what she did. I did not awake till near ten o’clock - the trunk was a paper one, it contained the property stated in the indictment, (enumerating it) It was locked and I kept the key. I had opened it on the Saturday, night to put the money into it. The property was worth 9 l. 5 s. altogether. I have since seen my bonnet and feathers, the skirt of a gown, and another gown cut up into aprons, on the 22d of February, when she was taken.
JOHN BAMBER . I rent this house, and let lodgings to single women. The last witness is my wife. A band-box, with the bonnet and feathers, and another with the clothes, were both on the top of the bedstead, over our heads. The prisoner came into the room about seven o’clock on Sunday morning - she made herself useful about the house - I was half asleep and half awake when she came in - she left the room before I went to sleep. I awoke rather before ten, and found the trunks gone, and went in pursuit of her. She was taken ten or twelve days after. She was brought to our house by a female, and said she came from Brighton, and wanted a lodging; two other females lodged with me at the time, and are there now; they did not go away. I took the prisoner myself, drinking with a gentleman at a public-house in the Old Bailey, with my wife’s beaver bonnet, feathers, and gown on. I produce them.
RUTH BAMBER . This is my bonnet, feathers, and gown. I am certain of them.
WILLIAM BROWN EDWARDS. I am an officer. On the 17th of March, the prisoner was given into my custody - and after she was committed for re-examination, the prosecutor and prosecutrix identified the bonnet, feathers, and gown on her back. I asked where she lived, and at last ascertained that it was at Mrs. Shields’s, No. 3, Queen’s Gardens, Brompton. I searched her apartment there, and found a hat-box, and some pieces which the prosecutrix says have been cut off her gown, and here is an apron which Mrs. Shields gave me. She appeared in distress.
RUTH BAMBER. This is my band-box; the apron ismade out of my gown, and here is the body of it. My trunk and all were taken.
GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 28.
Strongly recommended to mercy by the Jury, on account of her distress, and the bad example set by the prosecutor.


Convict Permission to Marry.
William Shellito, Neptune 1818, age 33, 7 years, Free, disallowed.  Mary A. Hudson, per Grenada, 1825, age 30, Life, Bond. Date of permission, 25 Oct 1826. at Castlereagh, Revd. Henry Fulton.


1828 Census Index.
William Shillito, age 35, F.S. Neptune, 1818, protestant, Butler, Sir John Jameson, Evan district.
Mary Ann Shillito, age 32, G.S. Grenada, 1824, Life, protestant, Cook.
Jane Shillito, age 2, born in colony.

Convict Index.
Mary Anne Hudson, Grenada, 1825, Ticket of Leave, 29/674. District Evan.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 9th September, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

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