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Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith, one of 151 convicts transported on the Lady Juliana, June 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 10th October, 1804
Age: 32 years

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: Theft
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Juliana
Departure date: June, 1789
Arrival date: 3rd June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 246 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 19 (11) Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 27 September 2015), April 1788, trial of SARAH SMITH (t17880402-42). http://www.australianhistoryresearch.info/second-fleet-deaths-on-norfolk-island/
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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Kathleen Cobcroft on 27th September, 2015 wrote:

Sometimes confused with another Sarah Smith who came free in the 1790 fleet.

Phil Hands on 25th September, 2017 wrote:

Sarah was tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 2nd April 1788 for feloniously stealing, two silk handkerchiefs, and 8 yards of ribdelure, sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 29th July 1788.
Ship:- the ‘Lady Juliana’ sailed with 226 female convicts on board of which 5 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 3rd June 1790.

Later that year was sent to Norfolk Island. Little is known about her except she married soldier James Lee and had two children. She had just become pregnant with her second child to James when he drowned on 25th December 1795.
Sarah died on 10th October 1804 on Norfolk Island.

Phil Hands on 25th September, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t17880402-42

294. SARAH SMITH was indicted for feloniously stealing, two silk handkerchiefs, value 5 s. and eight yards of ribdelure, value 16 s. the property of James Thomlinson .
The prisoner was my servant ; on Thursday morning, there were twelve yards of a piece of linen that I missed put down the area window, the prisoner was still in my service; these goods that I found, I kept; I carried them up; I did not know which way they went; the morning following, between seven and eight, she ran away from my service; we found her the Monday following; I told her, she must go to my house, and then I asked her how she could rob me in the manner she had done? she said, it was distress that drove her to it.
Did you make her any promise if she would tell of the whole? - No; I told her she had no occasion to be distressed, as she might have had her wages every evening; she came to my house, and pulled out a vast number of duplicates of what she had pawned and pledged, and others, she said, she had pledged without duplicates; I suspected it must be some of my family that had robbed me; as I had had a good character of the prisoner, I did not suspect her; I had gone over all the house, and examined the things carefully, and all my family knew of my loss.
I only swear to the property; I know nothing of the robbery; I am son-in-law to the prosecutor.
I produce eight yards of ribdelure; I received it of the prisoner, the 21st of December; I am sure it was the prisoner; I have been acquainted with her eight years; she had a good character; I knew she had left her place, and I asked her who the goods belonged to; she said, they belonged to Mr. Riches, No. 4, Leicester-court, in the Strand; she said, if I had any doubt, I might soon stop her; she said, she lived servant there.
(Deposed to by the Prosecutor.)
Conelly. I know this to be my father’s property by the piece in the book, and the selvage being torn off.
(Shewn to the Court.)
Is not there a thousand yards of this in London? - Yes.
How do you know it from any other piece? - By the pattern.
Does not that pattern fit with any other piece? - No, I do not think you could match it exactly in colour.
What reason have you to think so? - Because we have a hard matter to match them ourselves; I have the duplicate of the piece of goods which she delivered to me; (the duplicate shewn to the Court;) I am sure and positive she said it was my property, and gave me the ticket of it.
Transported for seven years .

Glen on 10th October, 2018 wrote:

Former First Fleet Marine James Lee enlisted into Capt Johnston’s Company of the NSW Corps 9th Apr 1792 in Sydney, and served there in the Sydney based detachment until his discharge on 9th Apr 1797 (serving a 5yr term). Johnston’s Company did not do duty on Norfolk Island in this time period. James Lee was never on Norfolk Island, and he certainly did not drown there in 1795. The NSW Corps records are very clear about this. For the father of William and Maria Lee see the entry for George Lee, arrived per Admiral Barrington 1791.

Convict Changes History

Kathleen Cobcroft on 27th September, 2015 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 19 (11) Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 27 September 2015), April 1788, trial of SARAH SMITH (t17880402-42). htt

Phil Hands on 25th September, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 10th October, 1804 (prev. 1804)

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