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About Esther Howard, Convict
She was tried at the Old Bailey in 1786 for stealing and received a sentence of 7 years transportation, arriving on the transport Lady Penthyn. "Ester Harwood "otherwise Howard" received a sentence of transportation for seven years at the Old Bailey on 30 August 1786 for theft of a silver watch, keys and money from a man with whom she had been drinking at the Wheatsheaf inn, Tothill Street. She said that she sold oysters, and had gone round the tavern several times. The man had taken eight pennyworth without paying for them. She then went to the vault (latrine) and there found the watch and money. The owner admitted having been drunk at the time, and a witness said he had seen Esther take it from his breeches pocket. The watch was found in a nearby pawnshop. Esther was listed in Newgate as aged 35 when sent to Lady Penrhyn on 6 January 1787 (Bowes estimated her age as 29). At Port Jackson on 21 February 1788 she married John Randall and shared a hut with him and John Moseley. (Both men were Black or Mulatto). She was illiterate, having signed the marriage register with a mark. Ester was buried on 11 October 1789" Source: Gillen, The Founders of Australia.