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Blog post from Monday, 7 September, 2015

On this day, 7th September 1794, Mary Haydock, a 17 year old convict, married Thomas Reibey in Sydney. In later years, Mary became a wealthy and successful businesswoman and is now featured on the Australian $20 note.

Mary Reibey arrived in Sydney from England in 1792 having been sentenced to seven years transportation for horse theft. In 1794 she married Thomas Reibey, a merchant and landholder. After his death in 1811 she became a prosperous businesswoman in her own right with interests in trading vessels and property. She died in 1855, a wealthy and respected member of colonial society. Read more in the Australian Dictionary of Biography

These items pictured are from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales, a keystone of her house, a land grant and her miniature portrait. Many other documents relating to the Reibey family are held in the State Library of New South Wales, including letters, and the Mary Reibey papers of the Reibey estate 1811 - 1909