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Mary Ann Wilson

Mary Ann Wilson, one of 204 convicts transported on the Woodbridge, 20 August 1843

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Wilson
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 7 years

Crime: Shop lifting
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Woodbridge
Departure date: 20th August, 1843
Arrival date: 25th December, 1843
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 203 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 382
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 5th December, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 December 2019), February 1843, trial of MARY ANN WILSON (t18430227-948).
MARY ANN WILSON, Theft > shoplifting, 27th February 1843.

948. MARY ANN WILSON was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of Feb., 36 yards of printed cotton, value 14s. 3d.; the goods of Richard Cole Baker and another, and that she had been before convicted of felony.

JAMES FERGUSON . I am in the employ of Richard Cole Baker and another, in Leather-lane—about four o’clock on the 10th of Feb. I was behind the counter—I saw the prisoner inside the step of the door—she took this piece of print off the iron railing inside the door, put it under her shawl, and walked off with it—I went out and took her, three doors from the shop, with it hanging below her shawl—I brought her back—she pointed to two other women walking in another direction, and said they took it and gave it to her.

Prisoner. It was hung outside the door. Witness. It was not; it was the extreme piece, but not outside.

JAMES WARD (police-constable G 25.) I took the prisoner, and have the cotton; she said one of the other women took it and gave it her.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was by the shop, and two girls took it off and gave it to me—I was going away—the gentleman took and brought me back to the shop—he said, “If you have got any money by you that you were going to purchase it with, I will let you go”—they wanted to search me, but I said no, I had no money.

JOHN LEWIS (City police-constable 581.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner’s former conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark’s office—(read)—she is the person.

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Transported for Seven Years.

Colonial Times, Hobart, 22 Sept 1848.
CONVICT DEPARTMENT.  Comptroller-General’s Office, Sept. 18, 1848.
In accordance with the Act of Council 6th Victoria, No. 18, I hereby give notice, for the first time, that His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor has been pleased to approve of the solemnization of Matrimony between the under-mentioned parties :—
William Merchant, T.L., Tortoise, residing at Longford, and Mary Ann Wilson, Woodbridge, in private service, residing at Launceston.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th December, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

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