Sarah Skulding (1800 - ?)
by Maureen Mann
Sarah Skulding was born about 1800 in Upper Canada, now known as Southern Ontario, in what was then the centre for colonial government of the territory of Canada.
She was one of 180 women (three died on the voyage) on board the Mary III, which sailed from London, under the command of William Ascough, on a voyage of 143 days, arriving in Sydney on 6 September 1835. John Inches was the surgeon. Sarah had been convicted at Kent Quarter Sessions 14 October 1834 for man robbery (stealing money) and her sentence was for 7 years. She had no previous convictions. Her prisoner’s number in New South Wales was 35/82. The indent describes her as a 34-year-old widow, who could read and write, Protestant, and a plain cook and housemaid. She was 5 feet 2½ inches (158.75 cm) tall, with a brown and freckled complexion, brown hair and grey eyes. The nail of the little finger of her left hand was disfigured.
Her ticket of leave was dated 8 October 1841 and stated that she was allowed to remain in the district of Windsor. Her certificate of freedom was issued 26 April 1842, numbered 42/629. Her certificate recorded PM Windsor, implying that that was where she was in 1842.
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