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Ann Unwin

Ann Unwin, one of 109 convicts transported on the Midas, 22 July 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ann Unwin
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: -
Convicted at: Southampton, Portsmouth Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
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 281 (142)
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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Maureen Withey on 14th September, 2020 wrote:

Ann was again convicted in Sydney, and sent to Moreton Bay.

Ann Unwin, a free woman of the middle age, was charged by her mistress, Mrs. Jane Barker of Hunter- street, with robbing her of the sum of £13. It appeared that Mrs. B. was possessed of a private purse of £63 unknown to her husband, and that the prisoner was aware of the circumstance. Mrs. B, counted over the money at a late hour on Saturday night and it was then safe, and locked up in her drawers. On the following morning, having occasion for her key, she missed it from her pocket, and upon questioning the prisoner whether she had seen it, the latter appeared much confused, and after some hesitation told her mistress to look on her dressing table and that she would find it, which she accordingly did, but on going to her drawers she immediately discovered, from the manner in which her clothes were tossed about that some one had been to them in her absence, and upon going to her purse, she found a £10, a £2, and a £1, in Bank notes missing. The prisoner was the only person who had access to the room where this money was kept except herself and husband, and there was between £30 and £40 lying loose in the same room, winch the prisoner was aware her husband had brought there out of the shop, but that was untouched. Upon mentioning her loss to her husband, Mr. Barker, he sent for a constable and had the prisoner apprehended. The prisoner protested her innocence, and after she had replied to a few questions from the Bench, she was remanded for further examination.
Sydney Gazette, 4 Sept 1834.

Ann Unwin was indicted for stealing, on the 31st August last, in the dwelling house of Mr. Jonah Barker, situate at Sydney, certain monies above the value of £5, the property of the said Jonah Barker.  The prisoner was pronounced guilty on the clearest testimony, and the Court immediately sentenced her to be transported to a penal settlement for the term of her natural life.
Sydney Gazette, 4 Nov 1834.


Moreton Bay Convict Record
Ann Unwin, Midas 1, tried at Southampton Qq.S. 7 Apr 1825, 7 years, Tailoress. Colonial conviction: Supreme Court Sydney, 3 Nov 1834, Stealing in a dwelling house, sentence – Life.

Col Sec Letters re Moreton Bay.
List, dated 19/6/1838, of Female prisoners eligible for conditional remission of sentences of convicts transported to Moreton Bay with remarks showing the characters of the prisoners.
Assigned servants.
Ann Unwin - Midas.

Margaret Weston on 10th May, 2021 wrote:

Ann Unwin was apprehended by a constable on Sunday 28th October 1827, in the house of one Davis, a Tailor.  She was assigned from the Female Factory, to one Ambrose Bryant, who, however, as the woman was at large, would not admit it, urging that she was assigned to his wife, who is also a Prisoner of the Crown, but with whom Bryant had not cohabited for some months back.  This was a case involving a double breach of Colonial Law, and the Bench deemed it therefore expedient to send for Mrs Bryant.  She stated that her husband had left her, incumbered with four small children, whom she supported by her labour at the wash-tub.  That subsequently to the separation, the prisoner, Ann Unwin, was assigned to the service of A. Bryant.  That for her own part, the unfortunate circumstances under which Mrs Bryant was placed, precluded even the probability that the prisoner had been assigned to her service.  With immediate reference to her own peculiar circumstances, Mrs Bryant made a moving appeal to their worships on behalf of her little ones, to whom she hoped to be suffered still to act the part of a mother, as she had ever done.  The Chief Constable gave her an excellent character.  The Bench viewing Mrs Bryant’s case in a favourable light, promised to interfere in her behalf with the Governor, but consigned the prisoner, Ann Unwin, to the 3rd Class in the Factory.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 14th September, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: f, occupation

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