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Mary Ann Smith

Mary Ann Smith, one of 108 convicts transported on the Mary Ann, November 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 27th January, 1822
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: -
Convicted at: Northumberland, Town of Newcastle upon Tyne Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mary Anne
Departure date: 25th December, 1821
Arrival date: 20th May, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 108 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 133 (68)
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

Maureen Withey on 3rd January, 2020 wrote:

SURGEON’S JOURNAL OF HIS MAJESTY’S FEMALE CONVICT SHIP MARY ANN 1822 MR JAMES HALL(2) SURGEON SUPERINTENDENT BETWEEN 27th OCTOBER 1821 and 23rd MAY 1822 108 convicts departed Portsmouth England on 25 December 1821 via Rio De Janeiro & arriving at Hobart Town VDL on 2nd May 1822 (45 women disembarked) and arriving at Port Jackson, New South Wales on 20th May 1822 (62 women disembarked) (1 woman died at sea) ADM 101/52/1

Log gives information about Mary Ann Smith, age 26. The surgeon saw her most days up to her death. (For full details, follow link.)

14 December. This woman is very low in spirits, and relates a number of ailments of a chronic nature, under which she has been labouring for several years, the most prominent seem to have been diseases of the abdomen viscera, & dropsy, with amenorrhœa. During the last six years the menses has been absent: she has never conceived, she asserts. She has no desire for food, has a great aversion to the taking of Medicines, & is very irritable in her temper.

25 Jan.  Hiccup has commenced, with a frequent vomiting of black fluid; tongue brown, & dry; frequent small liquid bilicus stools: the blister has only slightly vesicated the skin; pulse 130 small, weak. The saline draught with cordials & opiates, given effervescing, will not remain many minutes in the stomach, but Bottled porter does, & it has a sedative power over the patient.

27 Jan. Pulse scarcely perceptible, and she often appears to be articulo mortis[at the point of death].
p.m. No pulse can be felt at the wrist; the hands & feet all cold, & purple in colour. She now & then is raised on her pillow to drink porter; when she still gives vent to her irritable temper.
8 p.m. She died.

Maureen Withey on 3rd January, 2020 wrote:

In his report on the trip the surgeon wrote:case of death that occurred was one that might have been expected so to terminate; as the woman had not Menstruated for several years, and had long laboured under chronic visceral diseases.  The immediate cause of death seemed to be a cancerous affection of the Stomach; many [?chasms] prevented an examination of the body.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 3rd January, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: f

Maureen Withey on 3rd January, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 27th January, 1822 (prev. 0000)

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