Letitia Wright (c.1764–1827)

LETITIA WRIGHT was a convict woman who was tried under the alias “ANN GUEST” at the Old Bailey for stealing a watch from pedestrian as part of a gang of footpads. She was transported with the Third Fleet per Mary Ann (1791). 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, SHEPHERDESS AGLAND, in the family burial plot. A baby son, JAMES WRIGHT, died in 1792 and was buried in the cemetery, but the location of his grave is unknown.


  • Alternate: ANN GUEST
  • Alternate: LITITIA HOLLAND
  • Alternate: LETITIA HOLLAND
  • Alternate: LYTITIA HOLLAND

Burial Location

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

Trial Records


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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 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 come around…more>>


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


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# Convict

# Third Fleet

# Punishment: Death (commuted)

# Punishment: Transportation for Life

# Ship: Mary Ann (1791)

# Burial year: 1827

# Grave: marked