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Emma Bassett

Emma Bassett, one of 90 convicts transported on the Princess Charlotte, 27 March 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Emma Bassett
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Princess Charlotte
Departure date: 27th March, 1827
Arrival date: 6th August, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 89 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 137 (70). Gaol Description Books, State Archives NSW, Series: 2514; Item: 4/6432; Roll: 851. State Archives NSW; Sydney Gaol Description Book, Roll:855
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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Community Contributions

Iris Dunne on 9th February, 2017 wrote:

Tria 7 December 1826
1831 Sent from Parramatta female factory to the service of Mr. Benjamin Cox at Maitland, by order of Ann Gordon, matron.

Iris Dunne on 9th February, 2017 wrote:

Trial 7 December 1826
1831 Sent from Parramatta female factory to the service of Mr. Benjamin Cox at Maitland, by order of Ann Gordon, matron.

Iris Dunne on 19th January, 2018 wrote:

Convicted: 7 December 1826
Sydney Gaol Description Book - 11 Dec.1827: Absent from her Service
Sydney Gaol Description Book - 1831: age 27
Trade: House Maid
Application to marry Esau Cheeseman 18 July 1831

Maureen Withey on 29th August, 2019 wrote:

Emma was convicted at the Old Bailey.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 August 2019),
December 1826, trial of EMMA BASSETT and MICHAEL CURTAIN.
EMMA BASSETT, MICHAEL CURTAIN, Theft - pocketpicking, Theft - receiving, 7th December 1826.

163. EMMA BASSETT was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of November , 1 purse, value 18d.; 8 sovereigns, and a 5l. note, the property of John Cummins , from his person ; and MICHAEL CURTAIN was indicted for feloniously receiving the same, knowing it to have been stolen .

JOHN CUMMINS. I am a silk-mercer , and live in Harley-street, Cavendish-square. On the 8th of November I met Bassett in Tottenham-court-road, about nine or ten o’clock in the evening; she requested me to give her something to drink, as it was cold; I gave her some gin and water; she then took me to another public-house inBainbridge-street, where we stopped some time, and changed a sovereign at the public-house, and received 18s. 6d.; I had eight sovereigns and a 5l. note in my purse; I got up about eleven o’clock to go home, and she took me down some streets and passages into a private house; she asked me to go up-stairs, but I did not; I only went a yard or two into the house; she then wanted me to sit down on the stairs; I got up to go home; she put her arms round me and said, “Pray, sir, don’t go;” she then took my purse and papers; I felt her hand in my pocket; I seized her hand, and called, Watch! Curtain came in instantly; she stretched out her hand and gave the property to him; I collared him, but he got from me, and attempted to rescue her; a watchman came up, and I gave her in charge; she gave part of my papers to the watchman, acknowledging that she had taken them from me, and given the rest to Curtain.

THOMAS LESLIE . I am a watchman. On the 8th of October I went into this house in St. Giles ; hearing a cry of Watch! I found the prisoners and prosecutor together; the prosecutor said that Bassett had robbed him of eight sovereigns and a 5l. note; he did not, at that time, say what she had done with it; I took her, and as we went along sprang my rattle for more assistance; Cummins then said a man had received the purse from her and gone up-stairs; I sent two watchmen to the house, but they found nobody; I then took Bassett to the watch-house, and there Cummins described Curtain; Bassett gave me these papers; she said two men came up, and she gave the money to Michael Curtain.

Prisoner CURTAIN. Q. Did not you see me standing at the door? A. Yes; Cummins said the man had run up-stairs; I believe he was sober.

GRIFFITH JONES . I am a watchman. I went up, and saw Leslie with Bassett; Cummins said she had given his property to a man who had gone up-stairs; Curtain was then standing at the street-door; the prosecutor was near enough to see him.

BASSETT - GUILTY . Aged 22.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

CURTAIN - NOT GUILTY .

Convict Changes History

Iris Dunne on 9th February, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 137 (70). Gaol Description Books, State Archives NSW, Series: 2514; Item: 4/6432; Roll: 851 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88

Iris Dunne on 19th January, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 137 (70). Gaol Description Books, State Archives NSW, Series: 2514; Item: 4/6432; Roll: 851. State Archives NSW; Sydney Gaol Description Book, Roll:8

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