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Mary Bailey

Mary Bailey, one of 180 convicts transported on the Rajah, 01 April 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Bailey
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1822
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Rajah
Departure date: 1st April, 1841
Arrival date: 19th July, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 274
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Tracey Radford on 22nd December, 2019 wrote:

She had prior offences 15 August 1838 and 6 months before the 17th October 1840 of a shawl which is why she wasn’t believed to be an innocent bystander. More details from https://www.oldbaileyonline.org

1855. MARY BAILEY was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of July, 2 spoons, value 5s., 1 table-cloth, value 3s.; 1 box, value 1s. 6d.; 1 thimble, value 3d.; and 1 pair of gloves, value 3d.; the goods of Robert Scargill, her master.
The other girl was never inside our door; but she was in the habit of coming to call for the prisoner, she did so that afternoon; and said her master was ill and wanted her, which I found was false. GUILTY . Aged 14.—Strongly recommended to mercy by the Prosecutrix, believing the other girl had seduced her.— Judgment Respited.

2641. MARY BAILEY was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of October, 1 purse, value 1s.; 3 half-crown, 3 shillings, and 1 sixpence, the property of Robert Parminsttr Knill, from the person of Harriet Knill; and that she had been before convicted of felony.
I hope you will have mercy on me for the sake of my poor child, only eight weeks old.
GUILTY.* Aged 18.— Transported for Ten Years

Reported dead on 27th April 1846 but was found to be living in Adultery

VDL Founders and Survivors Convicts 1802-1853, Permissions to Marry 30 April 1847 to James REEVES reference ID PM00755

Absconded…5/Jun/1847 from Mr. Cambray, Collins-street Tasmania

I think that her illegitimate son may have died but I’m not sure, I can’t read the handwriting very well.

Convict Changes History

Tracey Radford on 22nd December, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1822 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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