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Mary Tapper

Mary Tapper, one of 109 convicts transported on the Midas, 22 July 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Tapper
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1st February, 1829
Age: 25 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 Life

Crime: Arson
Convicted at: Devon Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Midas
Departure date: 22nd July, 1825
Arrival date: 17th December, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 108 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 277 (140)
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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Anonymous on 15th August, 2012 wrote:

Mary was convicted at Devon Assizes 14 Aug 1825 for arson. Given a death sentence, but commuted to Life transportation. Departed on ‘Midas’ voy. 40a 24 Jul 1825, arrived 23 Nov 1825. Single, 21 yrs of age. Son - William Tapper. Convict no. 69129 Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania).
Ill on voyage - in ship’s hospital from 2 Aug for the duration of the voyage.
Died in the Colonial Hospital, Hobart Feb 1829. Buried 14 Feb 1829 Hobart.

D Wong on 20th January, 2021 wrote:

Bev Tapper (10) at 9:28pm, 19th January 2021 wrote of Mary Tapper:

Mary had a son born in July 1928 - he died in November 1928.

**Note from Moderator:
Dates should read 1829**

D Wong on 20th January, 2021 wrote:

Correction dates should read 1828.

In the Hospital from 2 August 1825 for the duration of the voyage.

7 September 1825: ...complained of pain in her forehead and stomach, says she has been afflicted with fits about 3 years, first brought on from a fright occasioned by a person acting a ghost in the night ... she has always suffered much during menstruation, since about 3 years ago. Her master gave her some drug procured from a farrier to cause abortion.

2 October 1825: It is to me, matter of great surprise, that, notwithstanding her long, and severe sickness, the immense quantities of blood she has lost, and the spare diet on which she has always existed, she is still one of the stoutest females in the ship and fully as much so as when she first came on board. In general, too, she is cheerful and disposed to laugh with those who are merry. AJCP Adm.101/53 Reel 3204.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 15th August, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1829-02-00, gender f

Bev Tapper on 19th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st February, 1829 (prev. February, 1829)

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