Sarah Bayly (1783–1820)

SARAH BAYLY, née LAYCOCK, was born in London, England, on 19 November 1783 to THOMAS LAYCOCK and his wife HANNAH PEARSON. She sailed with her parents and siblings as free passengers on the Third Fleet per HMS Gorgon (1791). In 1801, aged eighteen, SARAH married NICHOLAS BAYLY at St. John’s Church, Parramatta, with SAMUEL MARSDEN officiating. SARAH and NICHOLAS had ten children together, but lost one of those children, ELLEN, in infancy. SARAH died shortly after giving birth to the couple’s tenth child, SARAH ELLEN.

Burial Location

  • BAYLY family vault, Section 3, Row C, No. 17, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


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Abstract: Though he really was, for a time, one of the principal inhabitants of the colony with a good deal of land and money in his hands, Nicholas Bayly was never satisfied, and never successful. Perhaps he was a poor match for the colony. Others seemed to make the most of the freedoms and opportunities of their colonial setting. They took their free land from Aboriginal People, free convict labour, free seed, free stock, free food. They traded astutely, farmed wisely, made money, and built up small and great estates and left much more to their children than they had inherited. But Nicholas Bayly took one wrong turn after another, almost from the outset. And yet he seems worth remembering—not as a successful colonist, a ‘principal inhabitant’ of the settler colony, whatever that might mean, or as a masculinist hero of the rebellion, but as the marked anti-settler of the colony, the one who could not or would not settle. Read more>>



# Third Fleet

# Came free

# English

# Ship: Gorgon (1791)

# Burial Year: 1820

# Grave: marked