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Mary Ann Smith

Mary Ann Smith, one of 100 convicts transported on the Princess Royal, 07 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Housemaid
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 14 years

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Princess Royal
Departure date: 6th January, 1829
Arrival date: 9th May, 1829
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 501 (252)
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 10th October, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869 for Mary Ann Smith Ticket of leave butts (NRS 12202) No 32/793 dated 20/7/1832 From London tried 29/5/1828. 5’ 2 1/2” Ruddy and pock pitted complexion Brown hair and hazel eyes. Was in Sydney, changed to Airds in 1833 and then to Shoalhaven August 1833

Tony Beale on 10th October, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Online

1143. MARY ANN SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of May , 1 purse, value 1d.; 2 sovereigns, 9 shillings, and 1 sixpence, the property of Oliver Beman , from his person .

OLIVER BEMAN. On the 11th of May, after eleven o’clock at night, the prisoner accosted me in Ratcliff-highway ; she affected to be in liquor; I disengaged myself from her, and walked about twenty yards; she came to me again - I again got from her; we walked on to the next turning, when I missed my purse; I took hold of her, and called the watch; she then threw part of the money down; I got my purse from her hand - it had been in my trousers pocket.

JOHN BUTCHER . I am a watchman. I was called, and assisted in taking the prisoner to the watch-house; I saw some money on the ground, which the prosecutor took up, but I cannot say how much; I did not see the purse taken from her, but I heard a noise, and the gentleman said he had been drawn of his purse; it was then in his hand.(Purse produced and sworn to.)

The prisoner put in a written defence, denying the charge, and pleading poverty.

GUILTY . Aged 20.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 10th October, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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