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Margaret Berry, one of 113 convicts transported on the Sydney Cove, January 1807
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 60 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 385 (192)
||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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D Wong on 5th September, 2016 wrote:
MARGARET BERRY, JANE SCOTT, Theft > shoplifting, 24th April 1805.
Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty > lesser offence; Guilty > lesser offence
MARGARET BERRY and JANE SCOTT were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22d of March, thirteen yards of printed cotton, value 22 s. the property of Thomas Powdich, privately in his shop.
EDWARD MEREDITH sworn. - I am assistant to Mr. Powdich, linen-draper, No. 294, Holborn : On the 22d of March, between three and four o’clock in the afternoon, the two prisoners came into the shop, and wished to see some prints; after our young man had shewed them a great many, he came to me and said, it was almost impossible to serve them, as he thought they came with an evil intent; I was at the look out, and happened to be at the outside of the window, and saw the prisoner Scott taking a piece of print under her apron; after I saw her put the print under her apron, I came in and went behind the counter; after the young man had served them, he said, you had better deliver the piece of print from under your apron, which she delivered; I knew she had got it; I did not mean to take the piece of print till she had got out.
Q. Why? - A. Because I wanted to make it a capital offence.
Q. Did you take it from her or did she deliver it up? - A. Neither, it lay on the ground, I picked it up.
Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. You had suspicions of these girls when they came into the shop? - A. I had.
Q. Your Christian charity did not prompt you to tell them you wanted them to commit a felony, that you might have the pleasure of prosecuting? - A. Exactly.
Q. You call yourself assistant, I call you shop-man; what is your master’s partner’s name? - A. He is sole himself.
THOMAS CHAPMAN sworn. - Q. You are assistant shopman to the assistant of Mr. Powdich? - A. The prisoner came in and asked me for some print; I shewed them a great number, I saw Jane Scott shuffling something under her apron; I afterwards served her the print; then I accused them of it.
Mr. Alley. Q. After you had taken the money for the goods, you accused them of it? - A. Yes.
Q. What money did they lay out with you? - A. Four shillings and sixpence; she said it was for a child’s frock. (The property produced and identified by Meredith.
The prisoners left their defence to their Counsel.
Berry, GUILTY , aged 29,
Scott, GUILTY , aged 19,
Of stealing only.
Transported for seven year.
Jane Scott arrived per ‘Fortune and Alexander 1806.
Convict Changes History
D Wong on 5th September, 2016 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1775 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime