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Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson, one of 97 convicts transported on the Britannia, January 1798

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Johnson
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: Unknown
Date of Death: 1852
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Britannia III
Departure date: January, 1798
Arrival date: 18th July, 1798
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 239 (120)
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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Patsy Trench on 5th August, 2016 wrote:

I think this is the Mary Hill (nee Johnson) who is showno on the 1828 census as working for my 3 x great grandmother Mary Johnson (nee Moore), who was a shopkeeper in George Street.

D Wong on 5th August, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
MARY JOHNSON, Theft > grand larceny, 26th April 1797.
MARY JOHNSON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 17th of April, six yards of printed cotton, value 10s. the property of Harrison Jackson.
JOHN JACKSON sworn. - I am a linen-draper, brother to the prosecutor: Last Monday was a week, I was informed that the prisoner had taken a gown-patch from the door.
SAMUEL LEDION sworn. - On the 17th of April, going up Oxford road, between eleven and twelve at noon, I saw the prisoner at the bar, another woman, and a man, together; as they passed me, I heard them say, d - n me, it is easy to draw them out; I watched them, and saw the prisoner at the bar take out two pins from a piece of calico, and draw it out from the rest; she put it into her apron, and went off; I went in and informed Mr. Jackson of it, and went after her with him; I told him that was the woman, and that his property was in her apron, and there it was; the constable has got the calico, Mr. Jackson delivered it to him in my presence.
Prisoner. My Lord, that witness is well known to be a common receiver to every thief.
Q. What is your way of life? - A. I am a coach-maker, No. 32, Grosvenor-market.
- BATES sworn. - I was sent for to apprehend the prisoner; Mr. Jackson delivered this calico into my hand, I have had it ever since.
Jackson. This is my brother’s property, it has our mark upon it; I had put it at the door myself in the morning

Prisoner’s defence. I was going along, and picked it up in a striped silk handkerchief; he took me by the hair of the head, and dragged me into the shop, and used me very ill, as is not fitting for a man to use a woman.
GUILTY. (Aged 25.)
Transported for seven years.

1828 Census:
Hill, William, 61, absolute pardon, Ganges, 1797, life, butcher, Pitt Street
Hill, Mary, or Johnson, free by servitude, Britannia, 1798, 7 years
Hill, George, 27, born in the colony
Hill, Elizabeth, 13, born in the colony
Hill, Sophia, 11, born in the colony
Hill, Edward, 9, born in the colony
Hill, Ann, 7, born in the colony
Hill, Charles, 5, born in the colony

23/5/1829: Married at St. James, Sydney, aged 57, William Hill (Ganges 1797) the first of 11 children was born in 1800 (Mary Harriet Hill).

1852: Mary died -  NSW BDM: V185210 38B/1852 HILL MARY AGE 75

Convict Changes History

Margot Druce on 23rd June, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), gender: f

D Wong on 5th August, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 1852 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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