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Ann Parker

Ann Parker, one of 401 convicts transported on the Glatton, September 1802

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ann Parker
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1786
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1862
Age: 76 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Glatton
Departure date: September, 1802
Arrival date: 11th March, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 401 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 324
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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Robin Sharkey on 25th February, 2015 wrote:

Ann PARKER was only 15 when tried in July 1801 at the Old Bailey for theft, together with her friend Mary Ferroll who was charged with receiving the same goods Ann stole.  The pair lived in the garrett room of premises in Rosemary Lane occupied by Catherine Martin, who called herself a widow. The girls said, effectively, that Catherine Martin had enticed them off the street in London by offering them lodging and clothes to wear in exchange for them “going in company” with men, and that Martin took the money they then earned - effectively, she was being their pimp for prostitution.  Martin charged them with stealing aprons, caps, a shift, a shawl and a silk cloak from her, and claimed that the girls were lodgers paying 2d per night.

Only Ann Parker was found guilty.  She arrived on “Glatton” in 1802 under sentence of 7 years.

She spent her first 18 years in NSW living under the care of men - residing with William Ambridge/Hembridge and then Kennedy Murray who she married legally - and then the next 42 years in the different Insane Asylums in NSW, having been committed by her husband. Once she was committed she never left again.  She had there little boys when Murray put her in the Asylum and he shortly after went and lived with another woman, putting Ann’s sons in the Orphanage.  Ann died a very old woman, in the Parramatta Asylum, in 1862.

OLD BAILEY TRIAL 1st July 1801:

ANN PARKER and MARY FERROLL were indicted, the first for feloniously stealing, on the 27th of May , a silk cloak, value 10s. 6d. three aprons, value 2s. 6d. four caps, value 2s. a shift, value 1s. and a shawl, value 1s. the property of Catherine Martin, widow , and the other [Ferroll] for receiving the same goods, knowing them to have been stolen.

CATHERINE MARTIN sworn. - I am a widow; I live in White’s-yard, Rosemary-lane ; the prisoner, Ann Parker, lodged with me; she paid me two-pence a night for her lodging: On the 27th of May I lost the articles mentioned in the indictment; they were found the same evening in Mary Ferroll ‘s mother’s room; Mr. Bassett, the officer, found them there; when I missed the things, I asked Ann Parker if she knew anything of them; she told me Ferroll had got them to pawn; she slept in the garret, and these things were in a band-box in my lower room.
JOHN BASSETT sworn. - I am a constable; I found these things, (producing them), at Mary Ferroll’s mother’s, in Nicholas-court, on the 27th of May; I found Mary Ferroll upon her belly under the bed; Ferroll said, you have brought me into this mess, and she seemed to laugh and make a jeer of it; Parker said, they were going the next day to Bow-fair with the things; Ferroll begged for God’s sake I would let her go.(The property was identified by Mrs. Martin.)

PARKER’s DEFENCE: We were going past this woman’s house, and she asked us if we went into company; I asked her what she meant by company, and she said, men’s company, and she got us to come and lodge there, and lent us things to put on; we were to call the men in, and she took all the money we got.

Q.(To Catherine Martin). Did you ever take advantage of any money that she earned? -
A. No.

The prisoner Ferroll did not say any thing in her defence, but called three witnesses, who gave her a good character.

Parker, GUILTY , aged 15.  Transported for seven years .
Ferroll, NOT GUILTY .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.


Musters and Settlers Lists:
1806 Muster - Ann Parker, Ticket of Leave, per “Glatton”, Living with “Mr Hembridge”  per “Coromandel” arrived 1802. William Hembridge was a self-employed sawyer. Free by Servitude.

William Hembridge or Hambridge, convicted as “AMBRIDGE” at the Old Bailey 24 Oct 1798 for stealing a chest of tea, the property of tea-dealer Matthew Bell about 6o’clock one September evening in London. He and a mate had followed a cart which was loaded with 13 chests of tea through Holborn and into St Giles where, in Broad Street, he’d cut the rope at the back of the cart and hoisted a chest from the back of the cart down to the ground. His companions went to assist him but they’d been seen by 4 officers and one pursued and caught William Ambridge.
He was aged 20 years old. To be transported 7 years.

1810- 1st June -Certificate of Freedom given to her. Register notes that her time expired on 1st june 1808.

William Ambridge and Ann parker split up some time after 1806. Ambridge took up instead with Sarah Lawrence and went to Tasmania in 1814.

1812 approx - Birth of son John Murray (from his age in 1828 Census)
1814 - 14th March MARRIED Kennedy Murray.
1814 - Ann Parker Mustered at Windsor. LIved with K Murray. 2 children off stores.
1815 approx - birth of son William Murray
1816. 2nd December - birth of son Henry Murray
1819 - birth of son James Murray at Pitt Town.

1820 - Admitted to the Lunatic Asylum at Castle Hill as a prisoner of the Crown (per Tarban Creek 1844 List of Prisoner of the Crown who were admitted as patients and “are now considered harmless”)
1823, October 22nd -  The three younger of Ann’s sons were placed by their father Kennedy Murray in the Male Orphan School at Cabramatta. James was aged 4, Henry 6 or 7, and William 7or 8.
1825, 20 October - Son Henry Murray died in the Male Orphan School, aged 6 yrs.
Henry died “of the brain fever”

1827 - 19th April - Son William Murray was released from the Male Orphan School, aged about 11 yrs. Released to work for John Blaxland Esq.
1828 - Ann Parker, Glatton,  - age 43 -  Lunatic Asylum, Liverpool
1832 - Feb 13th Son James Murray was released from the male Orphan School, aged 12 or 13 years, to work for Mr Henry Brooks.

1838 - All Liverpool Asylum patients were transferred to the new Tarban Creek Asylum, together with the insane from the Female Factory at Parramatta.
1844 - On Tarban Creek list (as “Barnett”) as having been admitted as a prisoner but “are now considered harmless”. This statement is incorrect as Ann Parker was not a prisoner and had been free for many years when she was admitted to the Lunatic Asylum.

DEATH 1862 at Parramatta Asylum. Buried 4th November 1862 At All Saints Church Parramatta.


(1) JOHN MURRAY (B 1812)- Probably remained with his father, 1828 Census is aged 17 and resident with his father Kennedy Murray at PittWater return district.  Kennedy Murray went to Tasmania with his father. There married late in life to Annie Lindrop in 1860. Died in Hobart in 1883.?
(2) WILLIAM MURRAY (B 1815) - Sent out by the orphanage in April 1827 aged about 11 indentured to John Blaxland Esq. as a gardener.  & year indenture until 1834. Could have worked on any of the Blaxland properties -  Newington estate on the Parramatta river where he had slaughterhouse and saltworks, or “Luddenham” Estate between South Creek and the Nepean River where stock were grazed, or at land granted him in 1831 at Mulgoa Forest on the west of the Nepean River (800 acres at junction of Nepean & Warragamba Rivers), AND 1280 acres in vicinity of present day Silverdale.

He most probably worked in the Mulgoa area because in Sept 1835 (aged 20) he married Catherine Foran (aged 16 or17) at Mulgoa. Had 13 children from 1836 to 1864. Worked for Mr Norton Esq as a carpenter at the Fairlight estate at Mulgoa. By 1848 had moved to “Burrundulla” near Mudgee, working for George Cox who ran Burrundulla on behalf of the Cox family.  IN 1866 leased the Burrundulla Inn, as licencee. Died 1877 at Burrundulla.

(3) HENRY MURRAY , poor little fellow: mother removed from him as a small child, put into the orphanage aged 7, died there of “brain fever” aged 9.

(4) JAMES MURRAY (B 1819) - sent out by the Orphanage aged 13 in 1832 to work for Henry Brooks. Ended up in the late 1830’s at Sutton Forest and working for the immigrant Carter Family at Emu Creek, near Canyon Leigh, Sutton Forest. February 1843 married their daughter Jane Carter and first child born the next day. Settled at Murrimba , at Paddy’s River (hume hughway). James was a bullock team driver, took provisions to Victorian Goldfields, established a general store, and constructed first bridge over paddy’s River.

In 1864, suffering from a fall from his wagon, James Murray developed epileptic fits (and Mania?) and his eldest son had to take him to Sydney and had him committed to Tarban Creek Asylum. Sadly his mother was by then dead.  He remained at Tarban Creek until his death - he became feeble - in 1879.  His wife Jane moved the family to take up land and saw to the family’s fortunes ever after. They had nine children. their property was called “Canyan Leigh” *from Berrima Historical Society)

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 25th February, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1786 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1862 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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