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Charlotte Harrison

Charlotte Harrison, one of 80 convicts transported on the Harmony, 12 May 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charlotte Harrison
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Laundress
Date of Death: 3rd September, 1856
Age: 51 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Harmony
Departure date: 12th May, 1827
Arrival date: 27th September, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 79 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 177 (90)
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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Caitlin on 13th July, 2016 wrote:

Change her name from Hammond to Harrison when she arrived in australia.

D Wong on 13th July, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
CHARLOTTE HARRISON, Theft > grand larceny, 11th January 1827.

Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

CHARLOTTE HARRISON was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of December, 1 coat, value 1s. 6d.; 1 shift, value 6d.; 1 cap, value 6d.; 1 pair of shoes, value 3s.; 1 razor, value 6d., and 1 bag, value 1d., the goods of Edward Carroll.

EDWARD CARROLL. I am a labourer, and lodge in Buckeridge-street (I have not been long in town) - I had been there two days; my wife and I went to bed - these things were hanging up safe; I had seen the prisoner in the day-time - when we awoke in the morning, they were gone.

GRIFFITH JONES. Early on the morning of the 16th of December, Carroll came to me to apprehend the prisoner. I found her in the house, with this gown on her back, a coat buttoned round her neck, and all the other property in a bag under her arm - she said she had robbed him of them.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY . Aged 20.
Transported for Seven Years.

Assigned to J. Laidley on arrival.

Charlotte was 5’6” fair ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes with a small scar over right eyebrow.  Native place: Wandsworth.
Married, 1 child, James Harrison – father not named.

31/5/1832 Sydney Gazette:
Charlotte Harrison, an assigned servant, was charged with an overwhelming desire to discover the longitude, to effect which purpose she was in the habit of travelling about the streets when her mistress required her services in the kitchen. The damsel declared with much nonchalance that “she could not help it” so the Bench “could not help” sending her to Mrs. Gordon’s Seminary.

4/2/1834: COF

11/5/1840 The Sydney Herald:
AN UNNATURAL MOTHER - On Wednesday a female, named Charlotte Harrison, called with two children at a woman’s name Harden, residing in Union-street, whose husband was lately transported for 10 years, leaving her to provide for four children of her own.
The woman Harrison has not since been seen.
On Saturday the female, Harden, took the two children left with her to the police office to see what was to be done for and with them. 
The Magistrates being gone before she applied, all the chief constable could do for her was to direct her to take the children home with her, and apply to the Magistrates this day at the opening of the Court.
The mother is a strong healthy woman, but a confirmed drunkard.

NSW BDM – Charlotte Harrison died 1856 at Parramatta, NSW.

Son James who was born in 1827 married Irish Ophan Girl, Ellen Doolan/dooley in 1855 at Gundaroo, NSW.  They had 13 children.  Ellen arrived on the ‘John Knox’ in 1850.
Both James, died 1903 and Ellen died 1907 – both buried at the Forbes cemetery, NSW.

Maria Harrison on 7th May, 2019 wrote:

Charlotte was born to Joseph Reeves and wife Elizabeth with probable siblings Mary Anne, James,Sarah Elizabeth, William, John and Esther. Charlotte Reeves was acquitted of ‘Larceny from a person’ at Old Bailey April sessions 1825.
Charlotte Harrison convicted of ‘grand larceny’ in 1827 however her Indictment No 82 shows that she is a ‘singlewoman’. On arrival to NSW, now with an infant, Charlotte states she is ‘married’. Two requests for Permission to Marry are refused on the grounds she is already ‘married’.
During her life in NSW, Charlotte is in and out of the Female Factory, had at least 4 children namely - James Harrison (1827-1903), William (1829-1830), Edward William Howell (1835-1917) and Charlotte (1843-??), assigned as Laundress and Wet Nurse. In 1834 Charlotte was a Nurse at the Male Orphan School for a very short period. At the time of her death viz 3 Sept 1856, Charlotte was a Housekeeper for Joseph Seville, a farmer of Smithfield. She is
buried in St John’s C/E cemetery Parramatta. Baby son William is also buried there. RIP

Son James Harrison married Ellen Dooley on 9 Feb 1855 “Cunningham Plains” by Banns. Ellen Dooley was born to Ellen Stanton/Staunton and Daniel Dooley (“Mangles” (2) 1822) on property “Burrowa” and baptised 19 April 1840 at St Augustines Yass.

Maureen Withey on 21st February, 2020 wrote:

Sydney Gazette, 20 Dec 1832.
List of all female convicts assigned and transferred from the 1st to the 31st October 1832.
1655. Harrison Charlotte, Harmony, wet nurse, to Dr. Rolland, 4th Regt., Parramatta.

Convict Changes History

Caitlin on 13th July, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: f

D Wong on 13th July, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1856 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Maria Harrison on 7th May, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 3rd September, 1856 (prev. 1856)

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