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Ellen Madden

Ellen Madden, one of 99 convicts transported on the Competitor, 09 June 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ellen Madden
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Robbing a person
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Competitor
Departure date: 9th June, 1828
Arrival date: 10th October, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 98 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying project
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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Tony Beale on 26th October, 2020 wrote:

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519. ELLEN MADDEN and ANN COLLINS were indicted for stealing, on the 9th of January , 7 half-crowns , the monies of John Conolly .

JOHN CONOLLY. I am a Chelsea pensioner . On the 9th of January I lodged in Merlin’s-rents, Shoe-lane , on the second floor. I had received my pension, on Monday, the 7th of January, which was four sovereigns and 6s. 6 1/2d. On Wednesday, the 9th of January, I was in my room - my wife was laying on the bed - I was sitting on the bed-side; the prisoner came into the room at eleven o’clock that morning - I had frequently seen them before; one lived next door, the other was frequently with her; my wife asked what business they had there; one of them said she lived next door; my wife told them to go to their own apartments; I saw a drop of liquor on the table, and to get them out of the place, I gave each of them a drop; one of them told my wife she would go when she thought proper; I then turned them out of the room, and saw them going down stairs; my money was in my pocket. I saw them again between five and six o’clock that evening; they brought a man in with them, and forced the door - the

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fellow whom they brought in with them, sat down on the bed-side, where I was sitting, and put his hand round my waist - one woman stood by the fire-place; I found the man’s hand coming from my jacket-pocket, and finding something was going on wrong, I got up, and insisted on their leaving the place, and then the candle was put out, by Madden; I was immediately struck, and knocked down on my back, by the man; my pocket had seven half-crowns in it, and when I got up the half-crowns were gone, and some small silver beside; I said to my wife, that they were murderers - she called out, Robbery and Murder! one of the girls ran away, with the man who knocked me down; I secured the other, which was Madden, and kept her till the street-keeper came, and I gave her to him - she is the woman who put the candle out; she was taken to the watch-house; I staid there till a street-keeper brought Collins in, which was in less than half an hour; I described her person to him - I knew her well before; I have not seen the man since; I should know him if I saw him; I never got my money back.
SARAH CONOLLY . I am the wife of John Conolly. I had seen Collins before - she lived next door; I did not know Madden before. On the day of the robbery, between half-past ten and eleven o’clock in the morning, the prisoners walked into my room - I asked what business they had there - they said they lived next door; I told them to go out - I was ill, having a bad cold; my husband turned them out, and between six and seven o’clock in the evening they came again, with a man; they burst the door right open; they blew the candle out, and knocked my husband down - he has never been well since; the man turned my husband’s pocket out, and took every farthing he had got; my husband laid hold of Madden, who blew out the candle, and the other two got away - I am certain Collins was with her.

MARY ANN ELLIS . I live next door to Conolly. I know Collins; she lived next door, on the other side; I came down stairs at the time, there was a bustle inside the door; I saw Collins come out of Conolly’s room, and a man with her; they burst the door open - Collins came out first, and the man followed her; I kept them in sight while I sent for a street-keeper; I brought Madden out of the room, and gave her to an officer - I gave the officer information, and Collins was taken in half an hour.

SAMUEL HEINSON . I am the street-keeper. I received information against Madden - Collins was brought to the watch-house about ten minutes after I got there; Conolly spoke to them both; I have been looking for the man ever since - I found no money on them, except a few halfpence.

Collins put in a written defence, declaring she had never been in the house, and knew nothing whatever of the charge.

JURY to JOHN CONOLLY. Q. At the time of the robbery were you in liquor? A. No; I was quite sensible - I might have drank a little, but had my sense perfectly.

SARAH CONOLLY. I was perfectly sober - I might have had a little beer - I was very poorly.
MADDEN - GUILTY . Aged 17.
Transported for Life .

Tony Beale on 30th October, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Single protestant who reads 5’ 4 3/4” freckled dark brown hair and eyes . 39/444

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for Ellen Madden
28/9/1830 guilty of absconding without leave 15 days bread and water
4/3/1831 guilty of breaking windows of ? sent to Newcastle

Ellen Madden
in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1830
Name: Ellen Madden
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1811
Age: 19
Arrival year: 1828
Arriving Vessel: Guilford
Spouse Name: John Mansfield
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1809
Spouse Age: 21
Spouse Arrival Year: 1811
Spouse Vessel: Competitor
Marriage Year: Abt 1830
Application Date: 6 Mar 1830
Application Place: St Lukes Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia. John Mansfield came free in 1811 aged 21

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 26th October, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), gender: f

Tony Beale on 30th October, 2020 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying project (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 413 (208)), occupation, crime

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