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Mary Skinner

Mary Skinner, one of 297 convicts transported on the Nile, Canada and Minorca, June 1801

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Skinner
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 25th September, 1810
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Bristol Oyer and Terminer Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Nile, Canada and Minorca
Departure date: June, 1801
Arrival date: 14th December, 1801
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 289 (144)
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 11th February, 2020 wrote:

SKINNER, Mary. Per “Nile”, 1801; wife of Samuel Skinner, died 1807

1810 - Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3167; 4/1847 p.201)

1810 Jan 10 - Of Pitt Row, Sydney. Memorial (Fiche 3009; 4/1822 No.294)

Maureen Withey on 11th February, 2020 wrote:

SKINNER, Samuel. Came free per “Nile”, 1801; potter; died 1807

1804 Apr 7 - Subscribed to the rules and orders of the Sydney Loyal Association (Reel 6041; 4/1719 p.192)

1805 Dec 18 - On list of all grants and leases of town allotments registered in the Colonial Secretary’s Office (Fiche 3268; 9/2731 pp.210-1)

1807 Aug 24 - On statement of capital advanced by John Blaxland in his concerns from 3 Apr 1807 to 14 Sep 1808 (Reel 6043; 4/1727 p.201)

1810 - Petition by his wife Mary Skinner for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3167; 4/1847 p.201)

Samuel Skinner came free to NSW on the same ship as his wife who came as a convict.

He set up an earthen-ware manufactory and shop, which was advertised in the local papers:

EARTHEN-WARE Manufactory,
SAMUEL SKINNER respectfully acquaints his Friends and the PUBLIC at large that he has, by Assiduity and Perseverance, brought to a state of Perfection in the Colony the above very useful and essential Branch of Manufacture; and that Ladies, Gentlemen, or Others who may be desirous of having Articles moulded to any particular Form, either for Utility or Ornament, shall have their Commands punctually and reasonably complied with.
Now on SALE at his Shop, with the annexed low prices, he begs leave to recommend as by no means inferior to the Workmanship of the most eminent Potteries in the Mother Country; and as it will ever be his object to supply the Public at the lowest Prices possible, he confidently solicits Support and Patronage to the First successful Attempt that has been made in NEW SOUTH WALES.
Flower Pots 1s. 6d. per Pair
Tea-Pots 1s. 6d. to 2s 6d. each
Cups and Saucers 6d. to 10d.
Slop Basons 6d. to 1s. 2d.
Wash-hand ditto 1s. 6d. to 2s 6d.
Ewers 1s. 6d. to 3s 6d.
Chamber-vessels 1s. 6d. to 3s.
Cream Jugs 4d. to 6d.
Muggs from 6d. to 2s,
Water Jugs 9d. to 2s 6d,
Butter Tubs with Covers 1s. 6d, to 3s.
Porringers 6d.
Children’s Tea Sets complete 4s. to 6s.
Salts, Mustard-Pots, and Pepper-Castors 4d,
each, &c, &c. &c.
Sydney Gazette, 2 Oct 1803.

He was an employer:
On Wednesday last a man-servant of Mr. Samuel Skinner, Earthen-ware manufacturer, of Pitt’s Row, was detected in robbing him of sundry petty articles, and lodged in gaol .
Sydney Gazette, 16 Oct 1803.

MURDER.—On Sunday morning last the body of David Freight, servant to Mr. Skinner of Pitt’s Row, was found by the side of the road near Duck River Bridge in a dreadfully mangled state, with a bundle, which he carried from Sydney the evening before, clinched under his arm, and a knife laying by his side, which from its appearance had been instrumental to the murder. The unfortunate man was so totally disfigured-by the wounds he received on the head and face, as not to be recognised until Monday ; when from a description of the clothes the body wore, he was identified by his master.
Sydney Gazette, 10 Aug 1806.

Mary Skinner continued to run the shop business after her husband’s death.

Stolen from the house of Mary Skinner in Pitt’s Row, on Wednesday night last, the following articles, viz 5 children’s robes, 1 yard and a quarter long, 3 with 24 tucks, and a letting in at the bottom ; 2 of plain cambric muslin, 1 with 6 tucks, and vandyked at the bottom; the other vandyked all round, and double vandyked at the letting in;  24 children’s caps, 9 of flowered muslin, laced, the other 5 plain, muslin borders, 8 tucks in each cap; 2 worked women’s caps, with large flower in the crown, 1 with point Lace, torn over the left eye, the other a plain border ; also, a tamour’d muslin cap with very broad lace sprigged, 3 gowns, one a snail creep japan muslin, full short sleeves, and vandyked, cambric cuffs ; a dark cambric gown, long sleeves, lead ground, spotted black and white in rows ; and the other the fame make, ground olive with large spots red and black, with a yellow circle; 1 fine long cloth shift, torn on the bottom, marked M S ; ó pair of nankeen pantaloons, open at the bottom ; and 1 pair of nankeen trowsers ; 1 Marseille waistcoat, white ground with black birds’ eye spots, several children’s round a-bouts and shifts, and numerous other articles of wearing apparel.
A Reward of Five Guineas will be paid on detection of the offender or offenders, by me,
M. Skinner.
Sydney Gazette, 31 Jul 1808.

Yesterday se’nnight a fine horse, the property of Mrs. Skinner of Pitt’s Row, dropped dead on the Parramatta road, without any previous ailment.  From motives of curiosity the carcase was immediately opened, when the cause of its sudden death appeared to have been a stagnancy of the blood, which was coagulated, and very soon became putrid. The value of the creature exceeded one hundred pounds.
Sydney Gazette, 21 May 1809.

On Sunday last as Mrs. M. Skinner, of Pitt’s
Row, was riding on horseback on the road to
South Head, she was unfortunately thrown, and
had her leg broke by the fall.
Sydney Gazette, Sat 22 Sept 1810.

DIED — On Tuesday, at her house in Pitt’s Row,
Mrs. M. Skinner, widow of the late Mr. Samuel
Skinner, in consequence of an illness occasioned
by her unfortunately breaking her right leg ten
days before.
Sydney Gazette, Sat 29 Sept 1810
All Persons who stand indebted to the estate of the late Mrs. MARY SKINNER, of Pitt-street, Sydney, deceased, are requested to pay the amount of their respective debts into the hands of Charles Armytage, in the said street, he being one of the Executors to the last Will and Testament of the said Mrs. Mary Skinner; and all persons not conforming thereto on or before the 21st of the next month (August) will be proceeded against according to Law. Those who have claims on the said Estate are at the same time requested to furnish their Accounts to the Executor above-named within the given specified, in order that they may be discharged.
Executors {D. Bevan. C. Armytage.
Sydney Gazette, 27 Oct 1810.

The following notice appeared in the newspaper much later, in 1822:

MARY SKINNER’s ESTATE.-Notice is hereby given, that Mr. FRANCIS HOWARD GREENWAY intends to apply to the Honorable the Supreme Court for Letters of Administration, with the Will annexed, of the Good, Chattels, Estate, and Effects of Mary Skinner, formerly Mary Watkins, late of Pitt-street, Sydney, Widow, deceased.
Sydney Gazette, 5 Jul 1822

Maureen Withey on 11th February, 2020 wrote:

At Bristol Assizes
Mary Skinner, for privately stealing in the shop of MMs H. Townsend, above the value of 5s. The latter was ordered to transported for life. 
Bath Chronicle, 16 Apr 1801.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 11th February, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: f

Maureen Withey on 11th February, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 25th September, 1810 (prev. 0000)

Maureen Withey on 11th February, 2020 made the following changes:


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