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Rosetta Kite

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Rosetta Kite
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1845
Age: 57 years

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Indispensible
Departure date: February, 1809
Arrival date: 18th August, 1809
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 62 other convicts


Primary source: old bailey on line, convict ships to NSW
Source description:

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Phil Hands on 29th March, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 13th July 1808 for the theft of 6 cotton hankerchiefs value 9 shillings, sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 2nd March 1809.
Ship:- the ‘Indespensable’ sailed with 62 female convicts on board of which 1 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 18th August 1809.

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18080713-26

499. ROSE KITE and CHARLOTTE WOOD , were indicted for feloniously stealing on the 20th of June , six cotton handkerchiefs, value 9 s. the property of William Waugh .
MAURICE DOWLING . I am an apprentice to William Waugh , linen draper No. 3, Goodge street . On the 20th of June last, between eleven and twelve o’clock, the prisoner Charlotte Wood came into my master’s shop, and enquired the price of some check that was outside of the door; Mr. Waugh told them the price of the check; as soon as she knew the price of the check, she left the shop; immediately after which a noise was heard, which we supposed to be tearing the handkerchiefs outside of the window; I then went to the door. George Kettel , a witness, gave me some information; by his direction I went in pursuit of the prisoner; I saw John Alder , a shoemaker, standing at his stall, I requested him to assist me in securing the prisoner; he did so.
Q. Where were the prisoners - A. In Charlotte street, walking together very deliberately; the prisoner Rose Kite, went through Mr. Rolfe’s shop, he keeps a potatoe warehouse; I secured Wood, and when Kite came out I secured her; we took them to my master’s shop, and from there to the watchhouse; I took the the handkerchiefs from Kite; these are the six handkerchiefs; I know them to be my master’s property; there is no mark on them; here are some handkerchiefs that match with them, that were left behind.
GEORGE KETTELL . As I was coming by the shop door I saw Kite tear them off and go round the corner into Tottenham Court Road; I stopped a bit, I saw Rose Kite and Wood running away as hard as they could; I told the people of the shop, and Mr. Waugh’s apprentice went in pursuit of them; he met Alder in his way; he asked him to assist in taking the prisoners; he did so; the goods were found upon Rose Kite.
JOHN ALDER . By the desire of the first witness I went in pursuit of the prisoners; in a few seconds, I caught Rose Kite with the property upon her.
(The property produced and identified)
Wood’s Defence. As I came down Goodge street, I asked the price of the check; I walked some distance from the shop; me and this young woman as we were looking at the check, a man asked us if we would have any thing to drink; he followed us and asked us to hold the handkerchiefs.
Kite’s Defence. What she says is the truth.
KITE, - GUILTY , aged 20.
WOOD, - GUILTY , aged 22.
Transported for Seven Years .
Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Sydney Morning Herald Tue 4 Nov 1845 p. 3
Yesterday afternoon, a Coroner’s Inquest took place at Mr. R. Driver’s. Three Tuns Tavern, corner of King and Elizabeth streets, on the body of an aged female named Rosetta Kite, whose body had been found in the water at Grose’s Wharf, between six and seven o’clock on Sunday morning, by Hyam Moses, a resident in Bathurst-street. It appeared that for some time past the deceased has been troubled in her mind, and towards the close of last week had been found in the Domain tied to a tree with her own shawl, and evidently done by herself. She returned to her lodgings on Saturday evening, and left them for the last time about six o’clock, and promised to return on Sunday morning; but instead of doing so, had gone and thrown herself into Darling Harbour. It was also given in evidence that the deceased had been in the colony upwards of thirty-sex years, was about sixty-eight years of age and had been employed for many years past as a dry nurse in several of the older families in Sydney at its vicinity. Dr. Silver having stated that in his opinion death had been caused by drowning, the Coroner instructed the Jury that they had no direct evidence before them to justify their finding a verdict that the deceased had either drowned herself, had fallen into the water by accident, or had been thrown in by another party, and a verdict of found drowned was recorded.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 29th March, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: old bailey on line, convict ships to NSW (prev. ), firstname: Rosetta, surname: Kite, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1788, date of death: 1845, gender: , occupation, crime

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