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Blog post from Tuesday, 4 February, 2014

Leaves from Botany Bay used as tea

Mary Bryant, a convict sentenced to seven years’ transportation, escaped on 28 March 1791 with her husband, children, and six others. Together they travelled to Kupang, West Timor. She was later recaptured and sent back to England. After a further brief imprisonment, she was pardoned in May 1793.

The tea leaves were found at the estate of writer and lawyer James Boswell, who championed Mary’s cause after her return to England.