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Susannah Parry

Susannah Parry, one of 219 convicts transported on the Duchess of Northumberland, 25 November 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Susannah Parry
Aliases: Susanna
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 14th March, 1830
Occupation: Dairymaid
Date of Death: 6th May, 1903
Age: 73 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes at Gloucester
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Duchess of Northumberland
Departure date: 25th November, 1852
Arrival date: 21st April, 1853
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 592. Tasmanian Archives - convicts.
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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Anonymous on 21st September, 2012 wrote:

Convicts transported on the "Duchess of Northumberland to Tasmania from Gloucester on 09 August 1852 Offence Highway Robbery Sentence 7 years
Marriage Beuamuris White in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 1854

Michael Langshaw on 18th March, 2014 wrote:

Gloucester Journal. Sat August 16th 1851..

The highway robbery on the Westgate bridge in this city..

  Thomas Weaver aged 22yrs. and Susannah Parry aged 24yrs., were charged with assaulting Joseph Organ, and stealing from his person 1/17/6d..

The female prisoner (as when before the magistrate) had an infant in her arms..

Mr. McNamara prosecuted, the prisoners were undefended.  The prosecutor stated that on Friday the 25th July. He had been to Gloucester and at night was returning home over the Westgate bridge, carrying half a bushel of flour, when the female prisoner accosted him asking him where he was going, and endeavouring to detain him by catching hold of his coat.  The told her to go about her business to her request of ‘stop a bit’, replied ‘no I want to get on’ while she was speaking to him and following him the male prisoner passed him, going in the same direction. .

Prosecutor asked him if he was going his road! That he was going to Tibberton and wanted company, the man said nothing but kept walking on.  The woman followed him, and putting her hand before him said “ hasn’t got anything Hasn’t got 6d.  He told her he had not.  He then observed on the left hand side, under the wall, something like a man crouched down, upon which he said to the woman “There’s something for me”.  The man who he perceived was the same that had passed him. Pressing his knuckles into his throat.  They struggled for a short time, the prisoner getting him against the wall.  He called for a policeman, as well as he could, but he felt nearly strangled, and blood was running from his mouth.  On the amn releasing his hold both he and the woman ran away towards the town, and the prosecutor found the pockets of his trousers turned inside out, and his money amounting to 1/17/6d gone.  On somewhat recovering he picked up his bag of flour, which ahd fallen in the road in the scuffle, and returned to the town.  On prosecutor reaching the vinegar works, and while leaning against the wall, William Merrell came up to him, and told him he had been robbed and about an hour after the robbery a man was brought to him whom he identified as the one, who robbed him.  It was sufficiently light from the gas lamps while passing over the Westgate bridge for him to see the features of the man who passed him, and the man who attacked him, he was positive was the one that first passed him.  He was quite sober on the night in question.  He knew the money was safe in his purse on leaving Mrs. Fisher’s, where he had purchased the flour.  He did not see the woman after the robbery until Saturday, when a policeman took him to the Tolsey, where he identified the female prisoner as the woman to whom he had referred.  He had never seen either of the prisoners before.  The woman had no cap or bonnet on; hecould not see whether she wore a handkerchief.  The amn was dressed in dark clothes, as the prisoner then was; he had a cap on..

The prosecutor was cross-examined by the male prisoner at some length, who manifested the kind of shrewdness which some prisoners are prone to, by which their case is generally materially damaged..

Willi am Merrell, gun maker, Gloucester, deposed that on the night in question he had been to Highnam, and was returning home when he had crossed the bridge by the railway he heard a scuffling noise on before him, but he took no particular notice of it, thinking it was caused by a horse.  .

This was about a quarter to eleven.  On reaching the Ham gate, he saw the 2 prisoners sitting on a wall, talking to each other.  The woman had no bonnet or cap on.  Witness said nothing to them.  He saw Organ standing by the vinegar works bleeding, who asked him if he had come along from the dog at over.  The consequence of what prosecutor told him witness gave information to the police.  It was sufficiently light for him to see the parties on the wall so as to know them again, and he was positive the prisoners were those parties. Organ was quite sober. Constable Fry deposed that in consequence of information received on the night in question he went down Westgate Street, where he found the male prisoner, and Organ having pointed him out as having robbed him, he took him into custody.  On searching him he found some half-crowns and a number of gambling cards.  Organ manifested no hesitation whatever in identifying the prisoners..

Con stable Harris deposed that from the description of the woman he had received he apprehended the female prisoner on Saturday..

Alic e Collins a charwoman, at Burn’s lodging house stated, the prisoners had been at the lodging house about a week, they passing as man and wife.  On the evening of the 25th of July, the male prisoner went out between 8 & 9, at ten minutes before 10 he returned and beckoned the female prisoner to come out, but did not wait for her.  She went upstairs, put the child to bed, and then followed him.  Witness went out immediately afterwards for beer, when she saw them both going towards the bridge.  The woman had neither cap, bonnet nor shawl on.  When the man came in he had a hat on; but he changed his coat, and she saw him put a cap in his pocket.  The woman returned alone just before eleven..

Witnes s asked her where her husband was; and she replied he would be in in a few minutes..

The male prisoner made a speech to the jury,  but failed to bring any fact before them that would be favourable to his position. The jury returned a verdict of guilty..

Ben Radic on 25th September, 2014 wrote:

Susannah Parry had one or two children that were left behind upon her transportation. What became of this child/children?

D Wong on 25th September, 2014 wrote:

Susannah was listed as being 26 years old on arrival in VDL and her occupation was a Dairymaid/plain cook.

Susannah was married with 2 children, protestant, fair complexion, dark hair, brown eyes, scar on left wrist and she could read and write.

8/8/1854: TOL
28/8/1855: Recommended for a CP
22/7/1856: CP

There are 8 children listed between 1855-66 for Susannah and Beaumaris.

Nothing found on her life before transportation although there is a book - THE LAST LADIES published in 2004 by Chris & Bruce Woods.

Female convicts on the “Duchess of Northumberland” in April 1853.
Chris spent many years (on and off) researching the lives of the female convicts who arrived on the “Duchess of Northumberland” from England in April 1853.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 25th September, 2014 wrote:

Tasmanian Archives reveal the following inf:
Aged 26yrs; plain cook & dairymaid; Protestant; could read & write; married woman*, 2 children (1 on board with her).
*another section of same record states “single, 2 children”.
Native Place - Herefordshire.

Assigned to service in Hobart.
Must serve 3yrs before Ticket of Leave.

08/08/1854: Ticket of Leave granted.

22/07/1856: Conditional Pardon granted.

Child: Charles Parry, aged 3yrs (27/04/1853) admitted to Queens Orphan School, New Town, Hobart. Mother: Susan Parry (per Duchess of Northumberland). Father: Charles Parry. Discharged to mother, now of Ticket of Leave, 14/08/1854.  (ref. Queens Orphan School)

Indent of personal details: Child Charles onboard, 3yrs old.
“Hus Thomas tried and convicted with me. Sentenced 14yrs.”
Mother: Mary       ) at Native Place
Half Sister: Elizabeth )

Married Beuamuris White 11/09/1854 Hobart. (ref. 271/1854-37) Name recorded as “Susanna Parry”. (Note: name of husband is also recorded in children’s birth records as “Benami”, “Benammi”, “Benjamin”, “Benammy”.

Children (as on Pioneer Index):
Elizabeth Parry baptised 04/05/1855; d. 13/08/1857
female child Parry b. 29/10/1856
Amelia Emma Parry b. 23/10/1858
male child Parry b. 05/01/1861
Alfred John Parry b. 05/11/1862
Ada Amelia Parry b. 18/09/1864
Charles Benjamin Parry b. 16/03/1866; d.23/03/1866

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 21st September, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1830-03-14, date of death 1903-05-06, gender f

D Wong on 25th September, 2014 made the following changes:


Carol Axton-Thompson on 25th September, 2014 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 592. Tasmanian Archives - convicts. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 592), ali

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