Mary Reibey (1777 – 1855) businesswoman and trader
Mary Reibey, an orphan from Bury, Lancaster was convicted of stealing a horse at the age of thirteen and transported to Australia in 1792. Mary Reibey died a pillar of the Church of England in Sydney in 1855.
Mary Reibey, an orphan from Bury, Lancaster was convicted of stealing a horse at the age of thirteen and transported in 1792. She became a very successful business women, taking over her husband’s commercial and shipping activities. She was accepted as an emancipist in polite society, returned temporarily in triumph to Lancaster and died a pillar of the Church of England in Sydney in 1855.
Source : http://books.google.com.au/books?id=n63TaXC5TpEC&pg (page 46)
Mary Reibey, persevering and enterprising in everything she undertook, became legendary in the colony as the successful businesswoman. She took an interest in the church, education and works of charity. In 1825 she was appointed one of the governors of the Free Grammar School. Later Bishop Broughton commended her exertions in the cause of religion generally and of the Church of England in particular. On her retirement she lived in the suburb of Newtown until her death on 30 May 1855.
Mary Reibey – the Australian $20 polymer note :
Featured on the other side of the Australian $20 note is the Rev. John Flynn :
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