Mary Wade was the youngest convict to be transported on boat to Australia. She was only 11-12 years old when she was sentenced to a hanging, but her sentence was commuted a few months later. This sent her aboard the ship 'Lady Juliana'.
"You are worthless and do not belong up on this deck!"
After Mary Wade got settled down an an island called Norfolk which was more then 1,500 kilometres away from the mainland, it was there she took up with a fellow convict. It was then and there she fell pregnant at the age 14 with her first child. It was unclear what her job was during her time as a convict.
After being moved back to the mainland and serving 23 years of her sentence Mary was formally emancipated. She also got married to another emancipate and they both got land together in Airds, near Campbelltown. During their few years together they had many children, making a huge loving family.
A horrible bushfire tore through Mary Wades and her husbands home, crops and tools. Shortly after following an appeal from the governor the couple and their children were granted land at Corrimal Illawarra.
"It's all gone!"
"Mum, Dad what are we going to do now?"
Jonathan Booker died in 1833, leaving Mary wade alone with their children. It was uncertain if she had another affair with a different man and had more children.Mary continued to live in Illawarra with her family.
Mary Wade soon died in Fairy-Meadow a quarter-century later from Bookers death. She was then lauded as the founding mother f the largest family in Australia with 21 children. Whether it was with just Jonathan or another man, they were family.