Margaret Fownes (c1741-1788)


Margaret Fowns, “late of the parish of Quatt (Salop) Widow”, sentenced to death at Shrewsbury on 4 August 1784 for assault and the theft of a canister, linen cloth and money.


Margaret was reprieved to transportation for seven years.

She was aged 43 when the gaoler asked for her removal, with other prisoners, from his custody.


On 23 November 1786 she was ordered to the New Gaol, Southwark and thence by wagon to Gravesend for embarkation on

Lady Penrhyn on 31 January 1787.


On 18 June 1788 she was buried at Sydney Cove.





To The Memory of

Margaret Fownes.



Life’s last voyage is over’


It’s time to rest your weary mind.


The Colony of New South Wales, is where you may peacefully lie.



Founders of Australia.

M. Gillen.


Verse: J. Mortimer # 6409.


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