Penrhyn c1757 - 1849
Died 29 April 1849, aged 93.
(Senior) was brought from the Clerkenwell Bridewell to
Newgate on 4 January 1787 and sentenced at the Old
Bailey to seven years transportation on 10 January, for
stealing ten linen handkerchiefs from a linen draper in
Piccadilly. She was seen fumbling about her coat, and
under her apron. She refused to return the goods when
approached, but they were seen to drop from her. She
was delivered to Lady Penrhyn, age given as 29 on
26 January 1787.
From the time of landing at Port Jackson,
Mary seemed to have lived with Robert Sidaway.
Her name was associated with his in various records.
In the colony Mary earned respect and
respectability by her own behaviour and by her
association with Sidaway. On 5 October 1806, she was
praised by the Sydney Gazette for the loving care given
to a retarded orphan girl. Mary appeared in records
from time to time as a witness at weddings.
She lived with Sidaway until his death on
3 October 1806. She was granted administration of his
estate and effects, advertising for debtors and
creditors at the end of December 1809, but her petition
to be granted his lease in Sydney, on the grounds that
she had lived with him for 20 years, was inadmissible by
Governor Macquarie. She took a lease on a town lot on
Pitt Street on 20 October 1809, where she operated a
When Mary died at Bray Grove,
Concord on 29 April 1849, her age was given
She was buried in the Sydney Burial
Ground, Elizabeth Street, with her friend Frances
Mintz who had died in 1828.
Note: This information, which appears on
the grave stone of Mary Marshall at the First Fleet
Memorial Garden at Matraville, is based on research by