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Mary Ann Harrison

Birthplace: Greater London, UK
Death: Died in Sydney, NSW, Australia
Immediate Family:

Wife of Edward Robinson
Partner of Edward Robinson
Mother of Elizabeth Smith; Elizabeth Smith; Harriet Robinson; Ann Robinson; Mary Robinson and 3 others

Managed by: Anne Maree COBCROFT
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About Mary Ann Harrison

Mary HARRISON was born in England in 1774. In 1790 she was performing live-in servant duties for the family of Thomas and Catherine WEST at 26 Lower Sloan Street, Chelsea, being employed there for about five months.

Whilst working at the house certain items of haberdashery ‎(silk, thread, cotton, tape, teaspoons, pepperbox, gauze)‎ went missing. Mrs WEST accused Mary, but nothing was found in her room. Mary then left, and went to live with her sister. Mrs WEST was still suspicious of Mary, and arranged for a search warrant to be obtained for the sister's house. Constable Thomas HAYLEY executed the search warrant, and the property was located in a box. When the property was found, young Mary did not say anything but fell down crying.

On 27/10/1790, Mary appeared before Justice HEATH at the Old Bailey, Middlesex. She called upon one character witness. Mary was found guilty of the offence, and at 16 years of age, she was sentenced to 7 years transportation.

Mary HARRISON was transported from England on 16 Feb 1791, aboard the 'Mary Ann', mastered by Mark MUNROE. This was a 298 ton vessel which was built in France in 1772. It arrived in Sydney on 9 Jul 1791, a voyage of 143 days which was a record at that time for a trip from England to Australia. This included a 10 day stopover at St. Jago for supplies. Of a total 150 female convicts to leave England, Mary HARRISON, was one of 141 that survived the voyage.

Source: University of Sheffield. Humanities Research Institute. The Proceedings of the Old Bailey: London's Central Criminal Court, 1674 to 1913. ‎[database on-line]‎. Sheffield: the Institute, 2003-2008

In the 1806 Muster Mary was listed as Mary Robinson per 'Mary Ann', free by servitude, housekeeper to Edward Robinson. Edward Robinson, 'Admiral Barrington' was listed as free by pardon, settler. This was the only Edward Robinson listed in the 1806 Muster.

In Marsden's Femal Muster of that year, she was listed as Mary Robinson, 'Mary Ann', concubine with 2 male & 5 female natural children ‎(illegitimate children living with the mother)‎. The indent of the 'Mary Ann' lists her as Mary Harrison. The only time her name is officially listed as Mary Ann is on her Burial Certificate. _______________________________________

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Mary Ann Harrison's Timeline

Greater London, UK
February 16, 1791
- July 9, 1791
Age 17
Sydney, NSW, Australia
May 10, 1795
Age 21
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Age 22
Toongabbie, New South Wales, Australia
March 5, 1797
Age 23
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
June 4, 1798
Age 24
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
Age 26
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
Age 29
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
Age 30
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
December 25, 1805
Age 31
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia