Ann Knowling (1810-?)

by Maureen Mann


Ann Knowling or Knoling was born in Lower Canada (now known as Quebec) in about 1810. She was convicted 20 October 1834 at Yorkshire Quarter Sessions of man robbery or stealing money.

Ann arrived in Sydney on the Mary under the command of William Ascough, on 6 September 1835 after a journey of 143 days from London. John Inches was the surgeon. Her indent recorded that Ann was able to read, was Catholic, single and that her trade was that of a housemaid or factory girl. Her sentence was for 7 years and she had a previous three-month conviction. Her complexion was fair to ruddy and slightly pock-pitted, with brown hair and grey eyes. She had lost one of her upper front teeth, and had a slight scar on the centre of her upper lip, as well as on her left forefinger and thumb.

In 1842, she gained her certificate of freedom, dated 27 May 1842. Nothing more is known of her. 

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