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Mary Williams

Mary Williams, one of 297 convicts transported on the Nile, Canada and Minorca, June 1801

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Williams
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1778
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 26th January, 1863
Age: 85 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Wells Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Nile, Canada and Minorca
Departure date: June, 1801
Arrival date: 14th December, 1801
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 298
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

Denis Pember on 30th October, 2015 wrote:

In the colony, Mary married? Richard Norris (Convict, Minerva, 1801). They commenced a relationship about 1802-1803. It is believed that they were married by Samuel Marsden in 1806. The couple had 14 children (11 boys and 3 girls) between 1803 and 1835.

Denis Pember on 30th October, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref N0458] Norris, Mary, 39, free by servitude, Nile, 1802, 7 years, Catholic
[Ref N0457] Norris, Richard, 52, conditional pardon, Minerva, 1800, life, Catholic, farmer, Cornwallis
Norris, James, 18, born in the colony
Norris, Christopher, 16, born in the colony
Norris, William, 14, born in the colony
Norris, Harriet, 12, born in the colony
Norris, Maria, 10, born in the colony
Norris, Michael, 8, born in the colony
Norris, Francis, 6, born in the colony
Norris, Ann, 6, born in the colony
Norris, Patrick, 4, born in the colony

Denis Pember on 30th October, 2015 wrote:

On 3 May 1838, Richard was tried for stealing his neighbour’s pig. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted and sentenced to death. This was commuted to life on Norfolk Island. He was transported on the “Phoenix”. He died on Norfolk Island in 1843.
Mary lived on the Cornwallis property and died there in 1863.

Geraldine Rae on 18th March, 2017 wrote:

Married Richard Norris (Convict per Minerva) at windsor in 1802.

Convict Changes History

Sue Burnside on 1st October, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth 1778, date of death 26th January, 1863, gender, crime

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