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Mary Stafford

Mary Stafford, one of 99 convicts transported on the Speke, March 1808

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Stafford
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1775
Occupation: Housekeeper/cook
Date of Death: 19th May, 1845
Age: 70 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Speke
Departure date: March, 1808
Arrival date: 16th November, 1808
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 98 other convicts


Primary source: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/31745461
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

Gillian Iles on 2nd March, 2019 wrote:

Had a child (Thomas Stafford Broughton) ?married with Thomas Broughton (arrived 1799 Hilsborough). He died in 1815 and son entered into Orphan School by Mary Stafford in 1820.

Megan Butel on 19th September, 2019 wrote:

Married Thomas Hoadley in 1813 .NSW BDM 52/1813 V181352 7

Was murdered at age 70 at her home in King Street Sydney

Maureen Withey on 15th September, 2020 wrote:

About Mary’s son Thomas Broughton:

Male Orphan School Roll book, 1 January 1819 - 18 September 1848 .
49. Name: Thomas Broughton
Age: 9
When admitted: 15 April 1820
Time of quitting the school: March 10 1827
Parents’ names: Mary Stafford
Residence: Bunbury Curran
Remarks: Mr Wood Tailor Sydney

1828 census Index
Thomas Broughton, age 19, born in colony. Protestant, tailor with John Wood Hunter Street, Sydney.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 6th December, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales Certificate of Freedom. [NRS 12208] Register of Certificate of Freedoms
No; 1 / 1354
Name; Mary Stafford
When and where tried; Middlesex - 8 April 1807
Sentence; 7 years
Ship and arrival year; Speke - 1808
Native County; Monmouth shire
Trade; Housekeeper
Age; 30 [1784]
Height; 5 ft. 4 in
Complexion; Fair Ruddy
Hair;  Light Brown
Eyes; Hazel
DATE: 6 June 1814
Noted across the ticket; MURDERED in King St, Sydney. May 1845.

Convict Changes History

Gillian Iles on 2nd March, 2019 made the following changes:


Megan Butel on 19th September, 2019 made the following changes:

source: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/31745461 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 401 (200)), date of birth: 1775 (prev. 0000), date of death: 19th May, 1845 (prev. 0000), ge

Penny-Lyn Beale on 6th December, 2020 made the following changes:


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