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Harriett Ratcliffe

Harriett Ratcliffe, one of 180 convicts transported on the Rajah, 01 April 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Harriett Ratcliffe
Aliases: Hannah Radcliffe
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Farm servant
Date of Death: 17th April, 1848
Age: 35 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 10 years

Crime: Larceny from a person
Convicted at: Kent Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Rajah
Departure date: 1st April, 1841
Arrival date: 19th July, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 276
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

D Wong on 5th February, 2018 wrote:

Harriett Ratcliffe was listed as 26 years old on arrival - she was born a Brixham, Devonshire, Eng.

Father: William Ratcliffe, a baker
Mother: Jane

Harriett was 5? 1¾? tall, florid complexion, black hair, brown eyes, illiterate, single - no children.

Assigned to Mr Malcolm, Rosewa;y, New Town on arrival.

7/9/1842: Application to marry James Bailey (Enchantress 1833)
26/9/1842: Application approved.

8/10/1842: Married James Bailey at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Pontville; Harriett aged 27,
servant, illiterate; father William Ratcliff, fisherman, resident of Brixham, Devonshire,
England; mother Jane Ratcliff; James aged 45, labourer, illiterate; father John Bailey,

22/9/1847: Charged at the Police Court, Richmond by Constable Brown with misconduct in
indecently exposing her person in the public street in Richmond; plea not guilty;
verdict guilty; sentence 2 months imprisonment with hard labour at Cascades Female
Factory, Hobart.

21/1/1848: Charged at the Police Court, Richmond with drunkenness yesterday in Richmond;
plea guilty; sentence 14 days imprisonment with hard labour.

17/4/1848: Harriett died accidentally by falling upon a piece of broken glass bottle when in a state of intoxication at Lower Jerusalem; aged 33.

21/4/1848: Harriett was buried at St Luke’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Richmond.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 5th February, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Hannah Radcliffe, date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th April, 1848 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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