Morgan, Mary (Molly)

Dressmaker convicted of stealing hempen yarn from a bleaching factory. After arriving in Sydney, she was sent to Parramatta where she and her husband opened a small shop. In 1794, she escaped the colony and worked as a dressmaker in Plymouth, England and bigamously married another man. Her husband accused her of burning down their home and she was found guilty at the Croydon Sessions and once again transported. In Sydney she acquired a protector and was given land and cattle near Parramatta but was sent to Newcastle penal settlement after she branded the cattle as her own. After receiving a ticket-of-leave in 1819, she was given land which she farmed herself at Wallis Plains. She opened a wine shanty, was granted more land at Anvil Creek and opened the Angel Inn in Maitland which, by the 1820s, made her a wealthy woman. Wallis Plains became known as Molly Morgan's, however, during her final years her wealth was dramatically reduced.

Milestone
Born
England
1762
Arrived Sydney
Neptune
28 Jun 1790
Departed Sydney
Resolution
09 Nov 1794
Arrived Sydney
Experiment
24 Jun 1804
Died
Anvil Creek, Greta, New South Wales
27 Jun 1835
Name
Birth
Jones, Mary
1762 - 1785
Alternate
Mears, Mary (Molly)
1795 - 1803
Alternate
Hunt, Mary
1822 - 1835
Occupation
Position
1790