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Ann Merritt

Ann Merritt, one of 170 convicts transported on the Emma Eugenia, 25 October 1850

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ann Merritt
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 11th August, 1853
Age: 34 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Murder
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Emma Eugenia
Departure date: 25th October, 1850
Arrival date: 7th March, 1851
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 366. UK, Royal Navy Medical Journal, Emma Eugenia
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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Community Contributions

Jackie Hazelwood on 8th November, 2017 wrote:

Found guilty of poisoning husband March 1850

Jackie Hazelwood on 8th November, 2017 wrote:

Married John Shipley on 19/7/1852.

Iris Dunne on 8th November, 2017 wrote:

Tried: 8 March 1850
Medical Journal Oct 31 to Dec 31st, At Sea, Hospital 8th March - “Ever since the Ship has been at sea this woman has been constantly sea-sick scarcely ever able to leave her bed - her health has suffered considerably she being unable to retain anything on her stomach except a small peice of pudding at dinner and occasionally a little of the required treatment for a slight attack of hepatic inflammation which was re…..ed by cupping, blistering and alterative doses of blue pills followed by twice infusions: after this, and partly owing to the fineness of the weather, she got much better and was able to be upon deck for the greater part of each day and to take her share in the sewing and knitting which the prisoners are required to perform when able. Of late she has begun to droop and is now labouring under the following symptoms: general lan…r and loss of flesh: pulse 90 weak; tongue whitish; shortness of breathing; cough which comes on in paroxysms and is releived by the expectoration of a quantity yellow, globular sputa: there is dulness on percussion below the right clavicle and the repiratory murmour is inaudible in the upper part of that lung. A blister to be applied to the upper part of the right side of the chest: Pulv. R….......  Jan. 10th. Generally sleeps tolerably well but has lately awoke every morning perspiring profusely: cough continues unchanged sputa of the same character, they sink in water has been taking Sulpl. of Quinine for about a week - Continue - Jan. 15th. Cough very troublesome all night; her strength is so much serviced that she fainted on getting up in bed this morning; night sweats rather less being checked by acid drinks and then blister over upper part of right chest to be removed when the skin is reddened: bitters to be continued; diet and nourishing as circumstances allow.  20th Jan. Perspired last night; cough less troublesome; sputa less abundant ............ Continue 27th. Coughes more last night: acute pain in the right hypochondrium increased by pressure. Let a blister be applied over the .... of pain.  28th. Was much pained by the blister which was removed so as only to produces a shift ....... 30th Blister healed, pain in hypochondrium nearly gone - Continue. 18th Feb. Since last report she has been on the while rather better; occasionally for a day or so there has been increase of cough and .....-...... expectoration attended by more breathlessness: slight hectic fever towards evening; night sweats as formerly; bowels reiring the exhibition of one or two laxatives. ... being questioned she states that her father died of liver disease; her mother is still alive; a brother died of Consumption aged 39; three sisters one 13 and another 17 years of age and the third still older have likewise fallen victim to this disease. Today the cough is troublesome expectoration copious, with a few streaks of blood. States that she has had two attacks of ha….ptysis both of which she concealed, the last was at hillbank a short time before her embarkation. 25th Feb. Has been yesterday and is today affected by the prevailing diarrhoea: five times purged last night; has a feeling of faintness and despondency which however is passing off: there is uneasiness in right hypoehoad-s…m and accelerated breathing: cough as usual: ..............26th Feb. Purging stopped by ..aught but returned at 9 P.M. when another was given since then has not been again purged. 3 March Has improved within the last two days. 8th March. Being quite unfit to be assigned into service she was this day discharged into Hospital.”
Death 11 August 1853 Tasmania, Registration No.321 aged 34

Convict Changes History

Jackie Hazelwood on 8th November, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), crime

Iris Dunne on 8th November, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: f

Jackie Hazelwood on 8th November, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 1853 (prev. 0000)

Iris Dunne on 8th November, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 366. UK, Royal Navy Medical Journal, Emma Eugenia (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Nu

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