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Mary Leary

Mary Leary, one of 99 convicts transported on the Mermaid, 15 February 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Leary
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 23rd December, 1885
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mermaid
Departure date: 15th February, 1828
Arrival date: 27th June, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 314
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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Community Contributions

liz on 26th November, 2018 wrote:

Mary gave birth on the ship. Mary was 6 months pregnant when the ship set sail.

D Wong on 26th November, 2018 wrote:

Mary’s son was born 18/5/1828 but died at the Colonial hospital in Hobart a few weeks after arrival, he was 6 weeks old.

Mary was listed as 23 years old on arrival, she was 5’1½” tall, fresh complexion, brown to auburn hair, light hazel eyes, much freckled on the arms, literate, single.

Gaol report: A prostitute.

Mary was assigned to Mr Thomas Marzetti.

202/4/1831: Permission to marry James Lane (Governor Ready 1827).

15/6/1831: Married at St Mathew’s Church, New Norfolk.
William Lane (1829 - ????)
Mary Ann Lane (1832 - 1902)
Jessica Lane (1834 - 1919)
Sarah Lane (1836 - 1844)
Hannah Lane (1839 - 1909)
Thomas Lane (1841 - 1897)
James Lane Jnr (1844 - 1905)
George John Lane (1846 - 1905)

6/12/1834: Free Certificate.

23/12/1885: Mary died of ‘Debility’ and was buried with James at the Church of England graveyard at Ouse.

Kerry Lee Graves on 31st July, 2019 wrote:

Surgeons Journal Folios 30-32: case no 21, Mary Leary, aged 19, single, convict, taken ill at sea; disease or hurt, graviditas et partus. Put on list, 16 April 1828. Sent with her infant 29 June 1828 to colonial hospital at Hobert Town.

Convict Changes History

liz on 26th November, 2018 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 23rd December, 1885 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Iris Dunne on 26th November, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: f

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