Mary Reibey - convict and businesswoman
Mary Reibey is one of the more famous early convict women in the colony of New South Wales. A convicted horsethief, she went on to run an extensive importing and mercantile business. There are numerous references to her business dealings, liquor licences and land grants and purchases throughout the State archives. Although Mary was a very successful business woman she took time out for more philanthropic pursuits. For example, in 1825 she became one of the governors of the Free Grammar School.
What follows is a small selection of documents, chosen because they reflect some common themes in Mary's life. Included are some commonly found records such as probate and land grants, and also some more unusual records reflecting Mary's acute business acumen.
State archives consulted
Below is a list of records that have been consulted in the creation of this webpage. Copies of some of the records can be found in the images above but many of the references can be used for further research.
|RNICG||7/16034||Glass negative #16919||Not copied||Government Printing Office||Image of Mary Reibey|
|NRS 897||4/1896||26/4391||Not copied||Col Sec, Main Series of letters received||-|
|NRS 897||4/2323.1||36/4932||Reel 2205||Col Sec, Main Series of letters received||-|
|NRS 897||4/2221.2||34/4682||Not copied||Col Sec, Main Series of letters received||Corporation dispute|
|NRS 897||4/2457.5||39/10032||Reel 2218||Col Sec, Main Series of letters received||Assigned labour|
|NRS 1260||4/1225||p.240||COD 81||Muster 1814||Listed under Sydney free women, Mary Haydock|
|NRS 1155||2/8276||p.134||Reel 2427||Musters and Papers, re Royal Admiral||Listed under Mary Haddock als James Burrows|
|NRS 907||2/7956||-||Reel 1175||Col Sec re land||See under Mary Reibey|
|NRS 907||2/7921||-||Reel 1159||Col Sec re land||Listed under W. McGrath|
|NRS 845||4/8459||Jan 1834, Sydney||Not copied||Quarter Sessions||Appeal against previous conviction|
|NRS 3397||SZ775||12/7/1817||Reel 659, COD 231||Bench of magistrates||Found guilty of retailing spirits without a licence|
|NRS 13660||14/3278||Series1/3279||Not copied||Probate packets||Mary Reibey died 1855|
|-||1855 Vol 1||p.1616||Not copied||Government Gazette||Notification of administration of will|
There are numerous entries in the Colonial Secretary's Papers under Mary Reibey
There are numerous entries in the Civil Court of Jurisdiction under Mary Reibey
For more details on Mary Reibey see: