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Alice Holmes

Alice Holmes, one of 180 convicts transported on the Mary, 13 April 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Alice Holmes
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 7 years

Crime: Receiving stolen property
Convicted at: Northumberland. Newcastle Upon Tyne Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 13th April, 1835
Arrival date: 7th September, 1835
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 178 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 32
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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Edward Bear on 30th December, 2015 wrote:

of the town were next placed at the bar, charged with steling,
on the 2nd of February last, in a house of ill-fame, in Silver
Street, from the person of James Copeland, a Bank of England note
of the value of 50/. and two of 20/ each. MARY ANN HILL, aged 23 and
ANN MOODY, were charged with recieving the same.
Mr.Ingham stated the case to the Jury, and Mr.Wharton called James Copeland
who said, I am a labouring contractor, residing in Hertfordshire, I formerly
lived on Gateshead Fell, in the neighbourhood. I came into this neighbourhood
to purchase railway waggons, and was in Newcastle on the 2nd of February,
I had 500/ in Bank of England notes of 100/ each, and the remainder
in 50/, 20/ and 10/, which were all safe in my purse on the day previous
to my coming to Newcastle. On 2nd February when I came to
Newcastle, I had a good deal of drink with several of my
acquaintances whom I met and was very much intoxicated
about 9 o clock in the evening, from which time until 3 o clock
the following morning, I have a very imperfect recollection of
what past. I recollect enquiring for the George Inn, and on
finding myself in a house with three women, and sending for
some wine. I saw the prisoners Holmes, Brown and Cook in
the house; I do not recollect which was the keeper of the
house. I had other money in my pocket and gave a 5/ note
to get some wine with, the whole of the money was my
own. I believe I gave the 5/ note to Alice Holmes, I
do not recollect of getting any change returned. I fell asleep
and when I awoke I think I found Mary Ann Brown
put her hand into my pocket, at which I became alarmed and
left the house. I think it was another house, and not the house
I first went to. I left about 3 in the morning and when I
came out I met a sailor boy, and said I had lost a great deal
of money. He went with me in search of a watchman, when
I got to the watch-house, I missed all my notes except three
50/ notes. which were left in the same green purse they were
in when I last saw them the day previous. I had them in my
pantloons pocket. James Wardropper said, I am a sailor
saw Copeland on the morning of the 3rd februaru, about half
past 3 o clock in the morning, in the meeting-house lane in
Silver Street talking to Mary Ann Hill, he was very tipsy it
was about 10 yards from the house of Alice Brown, they were
making a great noise. Copeland came and asked me if I would
get a watchman as he said he had lost a great deal of money.
I went and found a watchman who took Mary Ann Brown,
(whom he found in the house of Mary Ann Hill ) into
Custody. I went to the watch-house and remained there that
night. I was standing in the watch-house with a person named
Neil Mains, who I understand was taken in Hills house,
where I heard the prisoner, Mary Ann Brown, say to him
Neil Mains will you"Snitch”. when Mains answered “Ill
suffer death first”. Mr. John Brown, Clerk to the magistrates
here put in the accounts given by the different prisoners of the
transaction, at their examination before the magistrates, from
which it appeared that none of them would confess the actual
taking of the money, but each of them except Ann Moody
admitted a guilty knowledge of the fact. In Mary Ann
Browns desposition she admitted that Eliz Cook brought a
green purse out of the room on the stair-head and gave her
a 20/ note and a 50/ note to Alice Holmes
which she took to Shields, and employed Ann Moody to get it
changed for her, where she was taken into custody. Alice
Holmes said, that Elizabeth Cook gave two of the 20/ notes
to her and a 50/ note to Mary Ann Brown and that she
Holmes took the two 20/ notes to the house of Mary Ann Hill
and gave them to her to take care of. Mary Ann Hill
said that Holmes came into her house and gave her 2 Sovs
and three half Sovs. and two pieces of paper which appeared to
be notes, which she Hill hid amongst some chaff in the back
part of her premises. Ann Moody in her desposition denied all
knowledge of the transaction, except that Mary Ann Brown
came to the house of her mistress, Mrs Dale, who keeps a
public house in North Shields,and asked her(Moody) to get
the note changed for her, which she attempted to do at bank
in South Shields where she was apprehended. A good deal
of conversation took place between his Lordship and Mr Ingham,
the counsel for the prosecution, as to there being
sufficient evidence to fix the actual taking of the money to any
of the prisoners. After which Charles Slowan was examined,
who said that he went at the request of Hill to her house in
Silver Street where she pointed out to him the place where she
ha previously hid the notes and the Sovs which he found and
had in his possession.
His Lordship then summed up the evidence, and in doing so
observed to the Jury that they could not take what one prisoner
said against the other as if it was evidence in the face of the
law.; that there did not appear to be any evidence against any of
the parties for stealing the notes except against M, A. Brown
and that was only the evidence of the prisoner himself,
and which from the imperfect recollection he seemed to have
had at the time was hardly safe to be relied upon, but that was
for them to consider. It certainly ws neccessary to fix the actual
taking of the money upon one of them before the others
could be convicted of recieving. With respect to Alice
Holmes and Eliz. Cook there was not the least evidence to
show that they had taken the notes although there was little
doubt but that they were guilty participants of the spoil after
it had been taken, but that was not the charge on which they
were arraigned for trial, they(The Jury) ought therefore to
acquit them of the charge of stealing. Aginst the other
two, Hill and Moody there did not appear any evidence of
their recieving with a guilty knowledge. The Jury returned a
verdict of Guilty of Stealing against Mary Ann Brown and
acquitted the others. His Lordship however directed that
Eliz Cook and Alice Holmes should be detained, and bills of
Indictment preferred against them for recieving the notes
knowing them to have been stolen, which was accordingly done,
and on which they were afterwards arraigned and found guilty.
Sentence; Brown, Cook and Holmes to be transported each 7 Years.

Convict Changes History

Edward Bear on 30th December, 2015 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

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