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Ann Spinks

Ann Spinks, one of 121 convicts transported on the Morley, 17 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ann Spinks
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1782
Occupation: Housekeeper/cook
Date of Death: 1836
Age: 54 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 14 years

Crime: Receiving
Convicted at: Warwick Coventry Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Morley
Departure date: 17th May, 1820
Arrival date: 30th September, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 123 other convicts


Primary source: Queensland State Archives, Series ID: 5653 Chronological register of convicts at Moreton Bay, page 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

Anne Jones on 31st July, 2014 wrote:

In Sydney on 22 June 1830 Ann Spinks was convicted of receiving stolen property. She received a sentence of three years. Ann was transported to Moreton Bay on 1 November 1830 on the schooner Isabella. She was returned to Sydney on 16 August 1833.

D Wong on 31st July, 2014 wrote:

Ann was found guilty of “feloniously receiving goods” (from a Samuel Marsden) knowing them to be stolen”. The goods were valued at 4 shillings and 6 pence and were stolen by Samuel Marsden from a Joseph Green.

Ann was 38 on arrival and was accompanied by 11 year old twins, a boy and a girl John and Catherine.
John Spinks, b. Abt. 1808, ENGLAND, d. 23 Sep 1842, Black Creek NSW, Catherine Spinks, b. Abt. 1808 d. date unknown.

Ann Married Henry William Spinks in England.
Ann was to the Factory at Parramatta, she was described as follows:

Native place: near Edinburgh
Occupation: Servant
Age: 42 (different to her convict indent record, which quotes her age in 1820 as being 38)
Height: 5’ 1/2”
Complexion: Fair
Hair: Flaxen
Eyes: Blue.

1822: Ann was tried in Sydney for “feloniously stealing goods above the value of forty shillings in the dwelling house of Solomon Levey at Sydney”. She was found guilty and sentenced to 3 years transportation to Newcastle.

5/11/1822: She was transported to Newcastle on the “Elizabeth Henrietta” on. (Reference: Colonial Secretary’s papers.)

1826: Ticket of Leave.

3/3/1826: Certificate of Freedom.

1828 Census: Ann is listed as a housekeeper to Chas Bayliss in Clarence Street, Sydney.

22 Jun 1830: an Ann Spinks and a Joseph Smith were convicted in the Supreme Court of NSW of knowingly receiving stolen goods. A third person, William Oram, was convicted of stealing the goods. Ann Spinks was sentenced to three years transportation. 

11/3/1836: (Burial date) Ann died and was buried at Wollongong, NSW

Convict Changes History

Anne Jones on 31st July, 2014 made the following changes:

source: Queensland State Archives, Series ID: 5653 Chronological register of convicts at Moreton Bay, page 68 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 330), gender: f

D Wong on 31st July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1782 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1836 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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