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Mary Ann Smith

Mary Ann Smith, one of 99 convicts transported on the Competitor, 09 June 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: All country work
Date of Death: -
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 Life

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Competitor
Departure date: 9th June, 1828
Arrival date: 10th October, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 98 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 415 (209)
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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Tony Beale on 1st November, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Online. Daughter of Ann Rolph

56. MARY ANN SMITH and ANN ROLPH were indicted for stealing, on the 12th of March , 2 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, and 122 shillings, the monies of Murty Driscoll , from his person .

MURTY DRISCOLL. I am a coal-porter , and live at Blackwall. On the 12th of March I received 2 sovereigns and a half-sovereign, and 6l. 10s. in silver, there were 12 half-crowns among it, which I put into a canvas bag which was in my pocket. I saw the prisoners at a public-house at Poplar, I have known them two or three years; they asked me to treat them - I paid for some rum for them. They came out with me, and dragged me by my two arms into Sleep’s-alley ; it was against my will - they forced me into a house; I was drunk; they threw me down on a bed - Smith threw me down on Rolph, and then she got upon me; Rolph laid down on her face - Smith took my bag out of my pocket; I am certain of it - it was between two and three o’clock in the day - she ran down stairs, and Smith after her.

THOMAS CALLAGHAN . I live in this house. I was in my own room, and saw the prisoners bring the prosecutor in; he was drunk, but seemed to know what he was about; they pulled him up stairs - I went up in a few minutes; the door was shut; I looked through the keyhole, and saw Rolph on the bed, the prosecutor on her, and Smith on him, feeling his pockets - I cannot tell whether she took anything - I went to my own room again; Smith presently came, and asked me to go and have a glass; she gave my wife 1s. to buy a frock. I went up into the room, and saw the prosecutor, who said he had been robbed.

MICHAEL CONNER . I live next door to the prisoners. I saw the prisoners pulling the prosecutor along into the house; I followed them soon after, and saw the door shut; I looked through the key-hole, and saw Rolph pulling him about the room, and kissing him; she said,“Mother, put the bed down:” she did so, and laid on it; Smith pushed the man down on her; she then got on him, took the bag from his pocket, and put it into her bosom; she then said, “I will put my bonnet on, and get him a drop of something” - Smith then kicked him, and he kicked her; and broke the door open; Smith came out, and said to me, “Is that you, boy, come with me, I will give you 1s.” I went with her; she gave me 1s.; she pulled out the bag and said, “Here is blunt I have got, but don’t say anything about it;” she then

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went into a block-maker’s shop, and said, “Let me in, and I’ll send for a gallon of beer.” The bag seemed to contain silver. I knew both the prisoners before. I work for Mr. Cooper.
THOMAS OBORNE . I am an officer; a relation of the prosecutors’ gave me information - I went to Rosemary-lane on Tuesday afternoon, and met the prisoners; I found on Rolph seven half-crowns, four shillings, and two sixpences; and on Smith two half-crowns - Rolph said, it was monthly wages which she had from her son; Smith said, she had seven shillings and sixpence that morning from her husband.

SMITH’s Defence. My mother received two pounds ten shillings on this morning, and asked me to go with her to buy some things - I met the prosecutor and drank with him, he afterwards came to our room and said he was robbed.

SMITH - GUILTY . Aged 22.

ROLPH - GUILTY . Aged 44

Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 wrote:

Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 wrote:

Mary Ann Smith in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1829
Name: Mary Ann Smith at the factory 1st class and has permission of management
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1807
Age: 22
Arrival year: 1828
Arriving Vessel: Eliza
Spouse Name: William Savage An overseer of a road party at Parramatta
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1795
Spouse Age: 34
Spouse Arrival Year: 1820
Spouse Vessel: Competitor
Marriage Year: Abt 1829
Application Date: 19 Mar 1829
Application Place: Saint James Church, New South Wales, Australia. Samuel Marsden Chaplin

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 1st November, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 made the following changes:


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