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Catherine Kelly, one of 90 convicts transported on the Princess Charlotte, 27 March 1827
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 57 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 137 (70)
||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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Denis Pember on 31st March, 2017 wrote:
OLD BALEY TRIAL TRANSCRIPT: (t18261207-135) (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org)
7th December 1826 – Pickpocket
CATHERINE KELLY was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of December, 2 sovereigns, and 1 half-sovereign, the monies of John Ledger, from his person .
JOHN LEDGER. I am a plasterer, and work for a gentleman, at No. 306, Regent-street. Last Saturday night, at a quarter past eleven o’clock, I was in the New-road; I had received my pay, but was not in the least in liquor - the prisoner ran up against me, and I asked her what she did it for; she then asked me to give her something to drink, and we went to the Globe public-house, but could not get in - we then went down Church-street , and there she pushed me about; we then came up the street again, and stood against some gates for a little time; she said to me, “Have you lost your watch?” I said, “No, but I have lost something else;” I missed two sovereigns and a half from my waistcoat pocket; I said, “You have robbed me of two sovereigns and a half;” she said, “No - I have not a farthing about me;” she then threw herself down on some steps, pulled both her stockings off, and some half-pence fell out, but nothing else; she was then walking on, and some more half-pence fell from her; I then saw her attempt to put her hand into her bosom, but I clasped her hands, and said I would take her to the watch-house - she said she would go, and I gave her to the watchman - we then went on, and a sovereign dropped before us in the watch-house - the constable searched her; I heard a sovereign fall from her after that, and saw her take the half-sovereign from her mouth.
THOMAS BALSTON. The prosecutor gave the prisoner into my charge for robbing him of two sovereigns and a half - he appeared quite sober; I took the prisoner to the watch-house - she was loosing her stays, and a sovereign fell from her - she was taken into the back room, and I heard another sovereign fall - she then came into the room again and she took a half-sovereign from her mouth, and laid it, on the table.
SAMUEL FURLER . I am the constable. The prisoner was brought to the watch-house, and a sovereign fell from her - I then searched her in the back room, and another sovereign fell from her - she then gave me a half-sovereign, but I did not see where she took it from - there were 8s. or 9s. in silver found on her - she affected a great deal of delicacy, which was the reason of my taking her into the back room.
Prisoner’s Defence. I live with a clergyman in Lisson-grove - my mistress had given me 4l. - I got a little intoxicated, and was counting my money when the prosecutor came up, and said, if I did not give him two sovereigns, he would take me to the watch-house; I had 3l. 10s. 6d. when I was taken.
GUILTY. Aged 28.
Transported for Fourteen Years .
Denis Pember on 5th April, 2017 wrote:
Catherine arrived in the colony in Auguat 1827.
She was recorded in the 1828 Census:
Page 219…[Ref K0258] Kelly, Catherine, 27, GS, Princess Charlotte, 1827, 7 years (should be 14) Servant at the Factory, Parramatta.
On 9th June 1831 Catherine married David Horton/Halton (Convict, 1791, “William and Ann”).
David had been previously married before, and been TWICE a widower, and had quite a large family, 10 children aged between 30 and 12 years.
He and Catherine had 1 son, Peter David Horton, born in 1832.
Convict Changes History
Denis Pember on 31st March, 2017 made the following changes:
gender: f, crime