Mary Ann Thompson (1802?-?)
by Douglas Wilkie
There were numerous women named Mary Ann Thompson living in Lancashire during the 1820s and at least seven of these people came before the courts. At the Salford Michaelmas Quarter Sessions, a Mary Ann Thompson was acquitted of an unspecified crime. On 16 January 1826 a Mary Ann Thompson was found guilty of larceny from a person and sentenced to 7 years’ transportation. She left England on board the Grenada on 1 September 1826. On 6 December 1826 another Mary Ann Thompson was found guilty of larceny, and having a previous conviction was sentenced to 7 years.
The Grenada arrived at Hobart on 9 January 1827 with 83 female convicts destined for Sydney, along with ten other women, the wives of Van Diemen’s Land convicts, and twenty-eight of their children. After the Grenada arrived at Sydney on 24 January no more is heard of Mary Ann Thompson until an application was received from twenty-seven-year-old Richard Hodgson, a convict for life, who had arrived on the Eliza in 1820, to marry her. Hodgson had been working for Major Druitt at Parramatta. Permission was granted on 14 July 1827 by Rev H. Fulton of Castelreagh.
Mary Ann Thompson was granted a ticket of leave in 1832 and her certificate of freedom on 23 January 1833.
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