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Lucretia Davies

Lucretia Davies, one of 149 convicts transported on the Pyramus, 08 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Lucretia Davies
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 17th October, 1843
Age: 36 years

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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Glamorgan Assizes on 9th July 1831
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Pyramus
Departure date: 8th October, 1831
Arrival date: 5th March, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 148 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 199 (102)
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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Kathleen Cobcroft on 9th December, 2017 wrote:

Murdered her husband Henry Dunckley/Dunkley (Atlas 1819) and was hanged at Berrima, NSW, on 17 Oct 1843.

Maureen Withey on 8th November, 2020 wrote:

(From our Correspondent.)
—Mr. Waugh, coroner for Goulburn, and Mr. Surgeon Cartwright, attended here today. An inquest was held by the former on the body of Henry Dunkley, who for some years resided in this neighbourhood, and whose sudden disappearance, about twelve days ago, caused some suspicion.  Dunkley having friends residing in Goulburn, their suspicions were awakened a few days ago upon hearing that his wife, in company with a ticket of leave holder named Beech, offered for sale at the steam mill of Messrs. Bradley and Shelly a load of wheat ; one of the friends, who had known Dunkley for a great many years to be in the habit of not only transacting his own business, but of driving his own dray, was induced to put some questions to the pair then in charge of the wheat and dray, and the answers to the questions being by no means satisfactory, he felt it his duty to mention his suspicions to the police authorities of Goulburn. 
A constable was dispatched to Dunkley’s residence, on reaching which and interrogating his wife she confessed that her husband had been murdered by the ticket of leave man Beech, who had been in Dunkley’s service only a short time. From what has transpired today, there is not perhaps on record a more revolting murder than that just committed here. It would appear that Dunkley’s wife and the scoundrel Beech commenced by a crime closely allied to murder, and then the putting the husband out of the way presented itself to them as the crowning of their future plans. This was accomplished in a room in which the unfortunate man slept. Beech with a heavy axe struck his victim on the neck and breast, and the force of the blows broke even his backbone, the blood pouring out and besmearing the bed and the wall near which it lay ; at this part of the horrible tragedy the abominable wife took from underneath the bed a vessel, and held it so as to receive the gore from the mangled body of her husband, in order to prevent any traces of the blood being discovered.  The body was next sewed up in a sack, and carried to the brink of a neighbouring waterhole, near which a hole was dug, and the body placed in it. The murderers then repaired to the house, and endeavoured to remove from the bed, walls, and floor every trace of blood, which being done, they prepared and partook of a hearty breakfast of tea, bread, bacon, and eggs. The occurrence has caused quite a thrill of horror in this quarter, poor old Dunkley having been so well known and generally liked. The woman and her paramour are both in safe custody. It appears it was also their intention to have murdered an old man, a hired servant on the farm, who they believed was not without some suspicion as to the way in which his employer had been put aside. It is said Dunkley has left some property, and that he had a brother living in Van Diemen’s Land.
Australasian Chronicle, 4 Oct 1842.

EXECUTION.—On Monday, Martin Beech and Lucretia Dunkley, convicted of the murder of the husband of the latter, were executed at Berrima, pursuant to their sentence, and their bodies handed over to the surgeon of the place for dissection. They made no confession of any kind.
Sydney Morning Herald, 19 Oct 1843.

Martin Beech was a tall, good-looking man, 30 years of age, a native of Kings County, Ireland. He had been employed on the Pomeroy Estate and had just obtained his ticket-of-Leave before taking service with Dunkly Mrs. Dunkley was a native of Wales, a masculine woman, and had been transported for life.  The pair were hanged together.
Truth, (Sydney), 11 Feb 1900.

Maureen Withey on 8th November, 2020 wrote:

Marriage Permissions
Henry Dunckley, per Atlas (4), age 34, Life, T.of L. and Lucretia Davies, per Pyramus, age 26, Life, Bond. Date of permission: 2 Dec 1833, Sutton Forest, Revd. Vincent.

Maureen Withey on 8th November, 2020 wrote:

Glamorganshire Assizes.
Thomas Phillips, Mary Cornice, and Lucretia Davies, convicted of having burglariously entered the dwelling-house of Ann Roderick, of Swansea, and stealing therefrom fourteen pounds in silver, received sentence of death. Their lives will be spared, but the prisoners were assured that they would be sent out of the country.
Monmouthshire Merlin, Saturday 23 July 1831.

Convict Changes History

Kathleen Cobcroft on 9th December, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th October, 1843 (prev. 0000), gender: f

Maureen Withey on 8th November, 2020 made the following changes:


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