- 12 May 1777
- 30 May 1855
Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Businesswoman and Convict
- Alternative Names
- Burrow, James (alias)
- Haydock, Molly (maiden name)
- Raby, Mary (alternative spelling)
- Raiby, Mary (alternative spelling)
Mary Reibey was orphaned as a girl and arrested in 1791 after disguising herself as a male, James Burrow, and attempting to sell a stolen horse. As James Burrow she was sentenced to seven years transportation and arrived in the colony on 7 October 1792. Through marriage to her husband Thomas Raby, with whom she had seven children, Mary grew wealthy. She continued to accumulate property after his death, though the family fortune was strained by the misadventures of two of her sons-in-law.
Sources used to compile this entry: Walsh, G. P., 'Reibey, Mary (1777-1855)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020327b.htm.