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Details for the convict Mary Fahrland (1820)

Convict Name:Mary Fahrland
Trial Place:Southampton Assizes
Trial Date:2 March 1818
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Lord Wellington
Arrival Year:1820
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Mary Fahrland was born around 1801 (probably in Hampshire, England) to Wilhelm Fahrland [c1772-1817] and Sarah [1779-1849] (nee Lecock). Wilhelm was a Sergeant in the 1st Royal Dragoons, having enlisted in Hanover, Germany in 1794. He was born in the German town of Nordhausen around 1772 and died in Farley Chamberlayne, Hampshire in October 1817.

In July 1817 along with an accomplice - Harriet Church/Marsh?, Mary was caught stealing from a house in Froyle, Hampshire. In April 1818 at Southampton she was convicted and sentenced to death, with her conviction being commuted to transportation to NSW. She left England on the convict ship “Lord Wellington” in May 1819 and arrived in Sydney in January 1820.
In the NSW convict records, Mary’s surname is commonly anglicised to “Farland” but sometimes misspelled in various ways – e.g. Farrell, Farley, Farling and Westen.

She received her first Certificate of Freedom on 2 March 1826 but was convicted for stealing on 26 May 1826 and sentenced to another 7 years, spending much of her time at the Parramatta “Factory” women’s gaol. She received her second Certificate of Freedom on 30 May 1833. There are two other gaol terms in the NSW records (for short periods) in 1834 and 1836.

On 5 February 1821, she married another convict, John Weston, at St Philip’s Church, Sydney. They had applied to Governor Macquarie for permission to marry, which had been granted in July 1820. John Weston had been convicted of stealing at the Old Bailey in October 1816. His death sentence was also commuted to transportation to NSW and he arrived in Sydney on the convict ship “Lord Eldon” on 30 September 1817. Convict records list his occupation as “stonemason”.

There are 3 children in the NSW BDM attributed to Mary and John Weston:

• Harriet Weston, born 1821. NSW BDM [V1821599 6].
- Mother is listed as “Mary”. She is listed as “Harriet Farrell” (possibly as marriage not yet happened?)
• John William David Weston, born 1 January 1832. NSW BDM [V1832160 16]
- Baptised 22 January 1832, St Philip’s Church, Sydney.
- Parents are John and Mary Weston. John listed as a “stonecutter”.
• William Weston, born 1833. NSW BDM [V1833287 17].

Mary Weston likely died May 1852 as per [V1852250 38B] and the death/funeral notices in the SMH on 7 May 1852. She was listed as having “died at her residence in Sussex Street south, in her 51st year”.

John Weston likely died 7 February 1868 as per [415/1868] and the death notice in the SMH on 8 February 1868. He was listed as being a “stonemason, late of Penrith”.

Submitted by Researcher (6260) on 11 May 2016

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/3, p.164
  • State Records NSW (SRNSW) : CGS1155 , Reels 2417-2428, 1820, Lord Wellington, p.3

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