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Mary Harris, one of 122 convicts transported on the Broxbournebury, January 1814
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 60 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
28th July, 1814
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 123 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 148
||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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Maureen Withey on 12th June, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 12 June 2020), October 1812, trial of MARY HARRIS (t18121028-17).
MARY HARRIS, Theft > shoplifting, 28th October 1812.
859. MARY HARRIS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 24th of October , 18 yards of ribbon, value 10 s. the property of Griffen Andrews , privately, in his shop .
GRIFFEN ANDREWS . I am an haberdasher ; my shop is at the corner of Greek-street, Compton-street . On the 24th of October, the prisoner, and I think another woman, came into the shop; she asked to see some ribbons. I served her. She bought some ribbon; she paid for them. I gave her change; and I thought she was gone. I had done with her, and had gone to other customers. A young woman gave some information. I accused her of the ribbon; I requested her to walk up stairs; I sent for an officer to have her searched; my wife went up stairs first, I sent the prisoner in the middle, and as I was going up stairs, she dropped a piece of ribbon from between her gown and petticoat. I saw it fall, and picked it up, it was eighteen yards of ribbon. I said to her, you wicked woman, I am convinced you are a shop-lifter. She then begged for mercy.
Q. What is the colour of the ribbon that fell from her on the stairs - A. An olive. The white ribbon was not found upon her. A window on the staircase was open, a young man found the white ribbon in the yard; and after I had given charge of her at the watch-house, it was shewed to her, she denied it, and owned to the olive; the young man that found it is not here. I know the ribbon to be mine.
WILLIAM GOSLING . I am a constable. I took charge of the prisoner. I searched her, and did not find the white ribbon. I told Mr. Andrews, the prisoner must have thrown it out of the staircase window; and after I had taken her to the watch-house, a young man came in with the ball of white ribbon.
Prosecutor. The olive ribbon I saw drop from her, she owned that she stole that, and wished me to let her go. She did not own to the white ribband.
GUILTY, aged 35.
of stealing, but not privately .
Transported for Seven Years .
First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.
In 1816, Mary Harris went to Van Diemen’s Land on the ship Kangaroo, in a group of 60 female convicts being sent to the Derwent. 58 of the women were Irish female convicts, transported on the Alexander to Sydney and then on to the Derwent.
60 female convicts embarked on the Brig Kangaroo for the Derwent, 10 April 1816.
No 59. Mary Harris, (wife of William Harry) per Broxbornebury, Tried O.B. London, 28 Oct 1812, 7 years (Extracted from Indent)
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 12th June, 2020 made the following changes: