Mary (Parker) Small [Convict "Lady Penrhyn" 1788]

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Mary Small (Parker)

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Chelsea, Greater London, UK
Death: April 4, 1824 (65)
Ryde, New South Wales, Australia (drowned in a well)
Place of Burial: Ryde, Ryde City Council, New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Parker and Mary Parker
Wife of John Small [Convict "Charlotte" 1788]
Mother of Rebecca Oakes; Mary Hughes; John Small; William Small; Thomas Small and 2 others
Sister of William Michender Parker and John Parker
Half sister of Thomas Parker; James Parker; Joseph Parker; Elizabeth Curry Sotham; Ann Margetts and 4 others

Managed by: John Douglas McIsaac
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About Mary (Parker) Small [Convict "Lady Penrhyn" 1788]

Mary PARKER was born 26/8/1758

Mary was convicted of breaking and entering and stealing and sentenced to 7 years transportation. She arrived in Sydney Cove on 26/1/1788 on "Lady Penrhyn"

Mary married John SMALL 12/10/1788 and they had the following children

  • Rebecca 1789
  • Mary 1791
  • John 1794
  • William 1796
  • Thomas 1799
  • Samuel 1804
  • Sarah 1804

Mary died 4 April 1824 (drowned)


Mary Parker was transported as a convict to Australia aboard the "Lady Penrhyn", a ship was built in 1786 on the Thames River, the ship was 333 tons,103' foot long and 27' wide.Like the "Charlotte" on which John Small was transported the "Lady Penrhyn" carried on to China where she was loaded with tea for the East India Company and returned to London where both she and the "Charlotte" were sold and went on the London-Jamaica run.

She was convicted at London on the 26th of April, 1786 for 7 years transportation. She has been "in service" and was convicted of "privately stealing". She was 28 years of age in 1787. She was charged with breaking and entering the home of John Hickman about 11pm on the 19th of April and stole two muslin gowns and coats valued at 40s, a cotton gown valued at 10s, three cotton frocks valued at 4s, a calico bed gown values at 2s, four pairs of cotton pockets, eleven shirts and other items. She was found guilty of stealing but not of the burglary.

Mary was reportedly a 'caring' person and plans could have been made for her at either the hospital of government house. Legend has always placed her as a servant a government house.

Mary married John Small, also a transported convict, on 12th.October 1788 and it appears that they lived in a hut at Parramatta before John received his initial grant at Eastern Farm in 1794.

The "Smalls" had seven children between 1789 and 1804. Mary Small was tragically drowned when she fell into the well on the family property on 4th.April 1824- aged 65.

Mary Parker was a convict aboard The Ship Lady Penrhyn which sailed from Plymouth, Devon, England, on Sunday, 13 May 1787 being part of the First Fleet to New South Wales. They arrived in Botany Bay on 26 January 1788. The Master of the ship was William Cropton.

Mary Parker, born 26 August 1758 (Chelsea London UK), arrived as a convict (theft of handkerchief) to Botany Bay on 26 January 1788 aged 29 years, married fellow transported convict John Small on 12 October 1788 in Sydney, had seven children and died 04 April 1824 at Kissing Point NSW.

Convicted of theft and left Portsmouth on the 'Lady Penrhyn', on 26 Jan 1788; part of the First Fleet. Sentenced to 7 years

Accidentally drowned in a well on the family property; aged 66

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Mary (Parker) Small [Convict "Lady Penrhyn" 1788]'s Timeline

August 26, 1758
Greater London, UK
September 3, 1758
Chelsea, London, England
September 3, 1758
St. Lukes Church,Chelsea,London,England
September 3, 1758
St. Lukes Church,Chelsea,London,England
September 22, 1789
Age 31
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
December 13, 1791
Age 33
New South Wales, Australia
October 21, 1793
Age 35
Putney, New South Wales, Australia