was a servant aged 29 living with a soldier in the Strand, London, when she was found guilty of burglary in 1786 and sentenced to seven years' transportation. She embarked on the Lady Penhryn among the women whose pitiful condition caused Governor Phillip to declare, after inspecting them:
tho' almost naked, and so very filthy, but nothing but clothing them could have prevented them from perishing, and which could not be done in time to prevent a fever, which is still on board that ship, and where there are many venereal complaints, that must spread in spite of every precaution I may take hereafter, and will be fatal to themselves.
Whatever the cause, Mary Adams died at Sydney Cove in May 1788.
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