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Catherine Ragan

Catherine Ragan, one of 99 convicts transported on the Competitor, 09 June 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Catherine Ragan
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: All country work
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Robbing a person
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
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. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 414
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 1st November, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures From Co Cork Ireland 5’ 1” Fair freckled black hair hazel eyes assigned to Mr Underwood

Catherine Ragan in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1829

Name: Catherine Ragan
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1809
Age: 20
Arrival year: 1828
Spouse Name: John Davis
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1803
Spouse Age: 26
Spouse Vessel: Competitor 2
Marriage Year: Abt 1829
Application Date: 19 Dec 1829
Application Place: The Roman Catholic Chapel, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
John Davis was a free man and no ship or sentence is recorded against him

Tony Beale on 5th November, 2020 wrote:

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40. CATHERINE RAGAN was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of January , 1 watch, value 2l.; 8 sovereigns, and 5 shillings, the property of Alexander Copland , from his person .

ALEXANDER COPLAND. On Saturday, the 26th of January, I met the prisoner, between twelve and one o’clock in the day, in St. Giles’ - I went to a public-house with her, and had something to drink; she then asked me to go to an acquaintance of her’s, which I did; we went into a room, and went to bed, but I did not pull my clothes off; I am certain I had my watch and money when I went into the room, and there was no other person in the room but us, but I did not see her take them - she said she was ill, and went down stairs, and the instant she was gone, another woman came into the room - I put my hand to my pocket, and missed my watch and money - I asked that woman if she could tell where the prisoner was gone; she said No - I went out of the room, and saw a respectable man, who took me to the beadle; I described her, and he knew her very well - she was taken the day after - I found her, and gave charge of her - I am quite sure she is the person; we were not in the room an hour altogether.

MAURICE NICHOLAS . I saw the prosecutor about five o’clock that afternoon - he said he had been robbed of his watch and money, and gave me a description of the prisoner; I knew her, and searched for her all that afternoon, but could not find her till the next day, when we all met opposite Meux’s brewhouse - the prosecutor charged her with robbing him - she said she did not know him.

GEORGE SUTHERLAND . I am an officer. On the 28th of January I was at Mary-le-bone office; I saw the prisoner there; the prosecutor came in, and I heard the prisoner say to another girl, “My God! what am I to do!” the other girl said, “What have you to do, but to deny it, and if you speak out, you will get but two or three weeks of it;” the prisoner said, “I can’t deny it, what shall I say about the sovereign?” she said, “Say he gave it you for a shilling.”

MAURICE NICHOLAS. There was nothing found on her, but the next day she sent a sovereign, which she said had been sent her; she was very desirous to see Mrs. Copland. and said she would tell her all about it.

Prisoner’s Defence. I never saw the man at all.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 1st November, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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