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Sarah Farrell

Sarah Farrell, one of 121 convicts transported on the Morley, 17 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Farrell
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Possessing a forged note
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Morley
Departure date: 17th May, 1820
Arrival date: 30th September, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 123 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 328; Morning Chronicle (London), Sat 19 Feb 1820, p.4
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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Anonymous on 7th August, 2012 wrote:

Sarah Farrell was transported for having forged bank notes in her possession.

It gets a little confusing here.  The record says she arrived in NSW but she was also in VDL.  The ship Morley disembarked 50 females in Hobart and the 72 females in NSW.

In 1821 Sarah married Daniel Garcia (morley 1816) and after Daniel was transported to VDL for another offence, she accompanied him back to NSW.

Other than this I could find no other records of her.

Maureen Withey on 16th February, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 February 2020), February 1820, trial of GEORGE STEWART ALBINE COOK, WILLIAM OWEN JOHN COATES WILLIAM SCOTT JAMES LANG MICHAEL LAMBERT THOMAS PHILLIPS WILLIAM QUIN JAMES RILEY JAMES ARCHBALD HENRY LEWIS THOMAS MARTIN HENRY BUCKNELL WILLIAM HARRIS ANN FARRELL SARAH FARRELL MARY GOULD SUSAN MARR MARY JONES DANIEL LUCAS JOHN CURTIS ANN CURTIS WILLIAM ROSE MARY HEARD JOHN CARTER (t18200217-17).
GEORGE STEWART, ALBINE COOK, WILLIAM OWEN, JOHN COATES, WILLIAM SCOTT, JAMES LANG, MICHAEL LAMBERT, THOMAS PHILLIPS, WILLIAM QUIN, JAMES RILEY, JAMES ARCHBALD, HENRY LEWIS, THOMAS MARTIN, HENRY BUCKNELL, WILLIAM HARRIS, ANN FARRELL, SARAH FARRELL, MARY GOULD, SUSAN MARR, MARY JONES, DANIEL LUCAS, JOHN CURTIS, ANN CURTIS, WILLIAM ROSE, MARY HEARD, JOHN CARTER, Royal Offences > coining offences, 17th February 1820.

366. GEORGE STEWART , ALBINE COOK, WILLIAM OWEN , JOHN COATES , WILLIAM SCOTT , JAMES LANG , MICHAEL LAMBERT , THOMAS PHILLIPS , WILLIAM QUIN , JAMES RILEY , JAMES ARCHBALD , HENRY LEWIS , THOMAS MARTIN , HENRY BUCKNELL , WILLIAM HARRIS , ANN FARRELL , SARAH FARRELL , MARY GOULD , SUSAN MARR , MARY JONES , DANIEL LUCAS , JOHN CURTIS , ANN CURTIS , WILLIAM ROSE , MARY HEARD , and JOHN CARTER were severally and separately indicted for having in their custody and possession, forged Bank notes, knowing them to be forged .

To which indictments the prisoners severally and separately pleaded GUILTY .

Transported for Fourteen Years .

Before Mr. Baron Graham .

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https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-2$init=CON13-1-2p56  and following pages.
List of female convicts from Morely (3),  Master, Brown, in 1820, who landed at Hobart, not Sydney.

Sarah Farrell, Convicted at Middlesex G.D., 17 Feb 1820, 14 years.

Robin Sharkey on 6th September, 2021 wrote:

SARAH FARRELL and her sister ANN FARRELL were tried together as part of a large gang of forgers - seven women and 23 men. The Bank of England, as the injured party in forged bank note trials, would offer the lesser charge of POSSESSION of bank notes if the accused agreed to plead guilty to it (instead of prosecuting an uttering charge which had the death sentence if found guilty).

Twenty-six accused all charged together ultimately pleaded guilty to the possession charge and got 14 years transportation.

Morning Chronicle, Sat 19 Feb 1820, p.4
“OLD BAILEY
“The numerous list which the Calendar o f every Old Bailey Session presents, is a melancholy proof not only of the rapid increase of the uttering of forged notes, particularly the young, but also of the little attention which is paid to the means of preventing such a serious crime, and so great a less as public traders and others are liable to.

“The following are the names of the parties who were arraigned for the crime of forgery:
” Ann Farrell, 18, and Sarah Farrell, 15, two sisters, the latter is to all appearance pregnant;
[All the people who appear on the Old Bailey indictment list set out above were also listed here]

“The above twenty were allowed to plead Guilty to the minor offence, of having the notes in their possession knowing them to he forged. They were afterwards put to the bar on the capital charge, but no evidence was offered against them. They are, however, subjected to transportation for fourteen years. We regret to say, that several of them behaved with a levity most disgraceful, laughing in the Court, and making a dreadful noise in the bail-dock, after being taken down.”

Some of the gang did not take the possession plea, but instead “pleaded Not Guilty to both the major and minor offences”.

All the seven women in the gang were sent on the ship “Morley” - Sarah & Ann Farrell, Mary Gould aged 21, Susan/Susannah Marr aged 16, Mary Jones aged 17, Ann Curtis aged 27 and Mary Herd aged 34.

Robin Sharkey on 6th September, 2021 wrote:

SARAH FARRELL and her sister ANN FARRELL were tried together as part of a large gang of forgers - seven women and 23 men. The Bank of England, as the injured party in forged bank note trials, would offer the lesser charge of POSSESSION of bank notes if the accused agreed to plead guilty to it (instead of prosecuting an uttering charge which had the death sentence if found guilty).

Twenty-six accused all charged together ultimately pleaded guilty to the possession charge and got 14 years transportation.

Morning Chronicle, Sat 19 Feb 1820, p.4
“OLD BAILEY
“The numerous list which the Calendar o f every Old Bailey Session presents, is a melancholy proof not only of the rapid increase of the uttering of forged notes, particularly the young, but also of the little attention which is paid to the means of preventing such a serious crime, and so great a less as public traders and others are liable to.

“The following are the names of the parties who were arraigned for the crime of forgery:
” Ann Farrell, 18, and Sarah Farrell, 15, two sisters, the latter is to all appearance pregnant;
[All the people who appear on the Old Bailey indictment list set out above were also listed here]

“The above twenty were allowed to plead Guilty to the minor offence, of having the notes in their possession knowing them to he forged. They were afterwards put to the bar on the capital charge, but no evidence was offered against them. They are, however, subjected to transportation for fourteen years. We regret to say, that several of them behaved with a levity most disgraceful, laughing in the Court, and making a dreadful noise in the bail-dock, after being taken down.”

Some of the gang did not take the possession plea, but instead “pleaded Not Guilty to both the major and minor offences”.

All the seven women in the gang were sent on the ship “Morley” - Sarah & Ann Farrell, Mary Gould aged 21, Susan/Susannah Marr aged 16, Mary Jones aged 17, Ann Curtis aged 27 and Mary Herd aged 34.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 7th August, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1797-00-00, gender f

Robin Sharkey on 6th September, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 328; Morning Chronicle (London), Sat 19 Feb 1820, p.4 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page N

Robin Sharkey on 6th September, 2021 made the following changes:

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