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Mary Dollison

Mary Dollison, one of 117 convicts transported on the Eliza, 03 November 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Dollison
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 1865
Age: 60 years

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 Life

Crime: Robbing a person
Convicted at: Oxford (City) Quarter Session and Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 3rd November, 1829
Arrival date: 24th February, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 116 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 238. Linc, Description List (CON19/1/12 Page 305)
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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Sandra May on 27th November, 2017 wrote:

On 5 August 2014, I discovered online that my second Great Grandmother, Mary Dollison, was in fact a convict, too.  She was born in Oxford, England in 1805, and at the age of 24 years, was charged in Oxford on 27 April 1829 for Robbery on the Person. Mary’s sentence was Death, but this was commuted to “Transportation for Life”. On 7 November 1829 she sailed from London on the SS Eliza, arriving in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) on 24 February 1830. The entire ship consisted of 113 female convicts. Mary was sent to the Factory for Women in George Town, Van Diemen’s Land.

All convicts were transported to Van Diemen’s Land from the time of the initial establishment of the colony in 1803 until 1853. During that time, five female factories were established in Van Diemen’s Land – at Hobart Town, George Town, Cascades (South Hobart), Launceston and Ross.  These factories housed only female convicts and were designed as places of labour and hire as well as places of punishment.  They also provided a place for the pregnant and the ill.  These establishments were referred to variously as factories, houses of correction and, rarely, penitentiaries. 

We still cannot find the link as to how or when she met John Spencer Buttress, my 2nd Great Grandfather.

On 30 August 2014, I discovered through the Tasmanian online records that convicts in Tasmania were not permitted to marry either each other or free people without approval from the Convict Department authorities. On 8 September 1832 John and Mary had requested permission to marry. At this time, Mary was still a convict and her sentence was pardoned in 1840. John is noted as a free person.

They married on 15 October 1832 in Launceston (this date was supplied from another Buttress Family Tree). This date is also confirmed on Ancestry.com records).  John and Mary Buttress had four children, and one child was called, you guessed it, John Buttress, born in 1844.  They didn’t have much imagination when it came to naming the boys!  This John was my Great Grandfather (1844 – 1881). Mary Buttress died in Launceston in March 1865.

Five months after Mary had died in March 1865, John Spencer Buttress married again. His second wife was Elizabeth Ann Curtis, born 1825. He died nine years later in 1874.  I do not know anything about this woman, other than she was 40 years of age when she married John.

Sandra May
27 Nov 2017

Iris Dunne on 28th November, 2017 wrote:

Description List: Age 24, Trade: “Servt of all work”

Convict Changes History

Sandra May on 27th November, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1865 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

Iris Dunne on 28th November, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 238. Linc, Description List (CON19/1/12 Page 305) (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Numbe

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