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Details for the convict Ann Frances Bennett (1838)

Convict Name:Ann Frances Bennett
Trial Place:Central Criminal Court
Trial Date:23 October 1837
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Nautilus (1)
Arrival Year:1838
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  • Researcher (Karen Walker)
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Frances married William Pearce ( recorded as a sawyer) 8 Nov 1843 in Launceston and they travelled to South Australia in Nov 1845 becoming settler in the state. They had 3 children - William Pearce (b. 1847), Martha Pearce (b.1848) and (Basil) George Pearce (b. 1850). They lived and presumably worked in the area known as the New Tiers where logging and timber work was the principal activity. Frances became a single parent and her three children appear in the records of the SA Destitute Asylum. Frances herself appeared in court numerous times on charges of disorderly behaviour and prostitution. She died in the Adelaide Asylum for Insane in 1874 and had a pauper's burial.
Submitted by Researcher (Karen Walker) on 12 April 2017

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/11, p.266

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