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Maria Smith

Maria Smith, one of 87 convicts transported on the Lord Wellington, May 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Maria Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: -
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: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Wellington
Departure date: May, 1819
Arrival date: 20th January, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 124 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 163 (83)
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 26th October, 2020 wrote:

1818 - Old Bailey Proceedings Online. June 1818, trial of MARIA SMITH (t18180617-128).

MARIA SMITH, Theft > pocket-picking, 17th June 1818.
1007. MARIA SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of June , from the person of William Rockhill 8s. 6d. in monies numbered, and one 1l. bank note, his property .

WILLIAM ROCKHILL. I am a bricklayer ; and live in White Lion-street, St. Giles’s. On the 7th of June, about 12 o’clock at night, I returned from the pay-table; I found I was locked out. I met the prisoner in Broad-street; she asked me to go with her. I went to No. 4, Charles-street with her; I awoke between three and four o’clock, I missed her and my money, which amounted to 1l. 8s. 6d. I found her, between five and six o’clock, at the Black Horse, in George-street, and gave her in charge. As we took her to the watch-house, she put the note into her mouth, and tried to swallow it.

JOHN DEALY . I am a watchman. The prosecutor fetched me to take the prisoner at the Black Horse. As we took her to the watch-house, she put the note into her mouth, and endeavored to swallow it; I took it out. - The prosecutor was quite sober.

Prisoner’s Defense. He gave it to me.

GUILTY . Aged 23.

Transported for Life .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
1826 - New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave,

Name: Maria Smith. Birth Year: 1795
Ticket Date: 19 Oct 1826 & 29th Dec 1827
Native Place; London
Born; 1795
Calling; Servant
Date of Trial: 17 June 1818
Sentence; Life.
Height; 4 ft. 9 1/2 inches
Complexion; Ruddy
Hair; Dark Brown
Eyes; Brown
Noted against name; Given during good behavior and so long as she continues to live with her husband Joseph Smith
1837 - General Muster. Age; 40. Sydney. Ticket of Leave

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 26th October, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1795 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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