Mary Ann Kelly was born in 1799, in Kildare Ireland. In 1820 Mary Ann became an unmarried mother.
Mary Ann was sentenced to 14 years transportation for possessing forged bank notes. Mary Ann, like all convicts being transported, was assesed on her behaviour in jail, her behaviour was recorded as "not good".
Mary Ann was transported in 1821, on the 13th of June. Mary Ann was one of 103 female convicts transported on Providence (pictured as background). Providence arrived arrived in Hobart via the Derwent River in 1821 on the 18th December.
Mary Ann was taken to the Hobart Female Factory but her bad behaviour continues whilst in the factory. In 1882 she was charged with being "absent without leave and neglect of duty." For this she was made to wear a collar made from iron for the week, was only fed bread and spent 2 hours a day the stocks.
One of her major offences was being caught wetting yarn so that it was worth more, and charged with fraud. Mary Ann was put into the C-class ection of th factory. The C-class women were forced to wear a jacket with a large yellow C on th back and right sleeve.
After many more offences and another trip to th C-class section she went missing from all records.