Letitia Wright (c.1764-1827)

Convict woman transported with the Third Fleet per Mary Ann (1791), now buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta. Letitia was tried at the Old Bailey for stealing a watch from pedestrian as part of a gang of footpads. Upon arrival in the colony, she met her match in the watch-stealing First Fleet convict-turned-Government-Baker: James Wright. The pair are buried together with one of their daughters, Sherpherdess Agland, in the family burial plot.


Names

  • Alternate: Ann Guest
  • Alternate: Lititia Holland
  • Alternate: Lytitia Holland

Burial Location

  • Section 1, Row I, No. 21, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Relationships

  • Spouse of James Wright
  • Parent of James Wright II
  • Parent of George Wright
  • Parent of Jane Wright
  • Parent of Shepherdess Wright

Related Content

James Wright: The Highwayman (2016)

By Michaela Ann Cameron

Abstract: The colony’s first baker, James Wright, started out as a highwayman. Wright nearly did not get the chance to try out his baking skills, though, as he almost went to the gallows for holding up and stealing the watch of the young, wealthy son of an American Revolutionary War hero on one of the highways running out of London. His death sentence, however, was soon commuted to seven years transportation to Africa. During his sentence, he was incarcerated in Newgate Prison and spent more than two years on the Censor prison hulk on the Thames before finally being transported – not to Africa, but to what was about to become the Colony of New South Wales. Soon after his arrival on board the First Fleet convict transport Scarborough, Wright was appointed baker at Port Jackson. Later, Governor Arthur Phillip made him the Government Baker at Parramatta; it was a role Wright kept for 17 years. But the watch-stealer who had by then risen far above his convict status also learnt that what goes around comes around… more>>


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Letitia Wright's Death Notice, "No title," The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 - 1848), Friday 29 June 1827, p.3

Letitia Wright’s Death Notice, “No title,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Friday 29 June 1827, p.3


Sources

  • Judith Dunn, The Parramatta Cemeteries: St. John’s, (Parramatta, NSW: Parramatta and District Historical Society, 1991)
  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 1 May 2016), December 1789, trial of ANN GUEST, ANN YARDLEY, SUSANNAH BROWN (t17891209-13) accessed 1 May 2016
  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 01 May 2016), punishment summary of ANN GUEST, December 1790 (s17901208-1), accessed 1 May 2016
  • Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

Lists

# Convict

# Third Fleet

# Ship: Mary Ann (1791)

# Burial year: 1827

# Grave: marked