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Mary Shields

Mary Shields, one of 161 convicts transported on the Elizabeth, 20 June 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Shields
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1821
Occupation: Nursery maid
Date of Death: 14th May, 1900
Age: 79 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: Stealing money
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Elizabeth
Departure date: 20th June, 1836
Arrival date: 12th October, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 295 (150)
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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D Wong on 13th July, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:

Theft: stealing from master.
14th December 1835
Verdict Guilty > with recommendation
Sentence Transportation

MARY SHIELDS was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of July, 1 shawl, value 1l.; and 3 sovereigns; the goods and monies of Thomas Johnson, her master.

THOMAS JOHNSON. I am a cabinet-maker and furniture-broker, and live in Old-street. The prisoner lived in servant with me between four and five weeks—I put three sovereigns into a drawer on my first floor—there was a £5 note there as well—I put them in separate places in the drawer. between seven and eight o’clock, on Saturday evening—I locked the drawer, and tried it afterwards and gave the key to my wife—the prisoner absconded, and I missed the money—I met her last Monday morning, in Petticoat-lane—I said, “Mary, what a bad girl you must be to rob us in the manner”—she said, “I do not know you”—several women came round, and said, “What are you going to do with that girl?”—I said she had robbed me, that I was not quite certain of her person myself, but if she would come home to her mistress, to see if she knew her, I should be satisfied—she said she never had a mistress—the people got outrageous and would have taken her from me, but a policeman came by, and I gave her in charge.

——JOHNSON. I am the prosecutor’s wife. The prisoner were up stairs to lay the cloth for supper—I missed the money out of the drawer between eight ans nine o’clock and the prisoner was then gone—there had been nobody in the house but her—the drawer was locked, and it was found locked—I had the key in my pocket—It must have been opened by another key—I am certain the prisoner is the girl who lived with us.

WILLIAM ROWLAND. I am a policeman. I took her into custody—she denied all knowledge of the prosecutor at first, and said she never lived with him—when I got her near the station-house, she begged of me to let her go, and to say she had made her escape—she said “I am not she only one concerned in it-two old women came to the house, and gave me a key to open the drawer with—I do not know where the women reside.”

GUILTY. Aged 14. Recommended to mercy Transported for Seven Years.

Mary Shields was born C 1819 at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
Father: Francis
Mother: Mary A.

Mary was listed as 16 years old on arrival.  Mary could read, was RC, single, 4’10½” tall, brown and freckled complexion, dark brown hair, light hazel eyes, small mole back of right hand, long brown natural mark betwixt the breasts.

No Date: Permission to marry William Wilson (born in the colony) - mary was 18 and on bond.
No registration found.

No Date: Permission to marry William Gale (Surry 1823).

23/7/1839: Married William Gale at the Church of England, Castlereagh, NSW.
1841: Mary A
1842: Sarah Jane Hamlyn
1852: James
1860: George William Wallace

14/5/1900: Mary died at Belmore Street, Penrith, NSW.
Buried at the Penrith Anglican Cemetery, with William.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 13th July, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1821 (prev. 0000), date of death: 14th May, 1900 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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