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Margaret Southern

Margaret Southern, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Margaret Southern
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1783
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1859
Age: 76 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Shop lifting
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 352
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

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

Margaret was transported on the “Experiment” and arrived in the colony; June 24th 1804.
In the colony, Margaret had a de facto relationship with John Parkes (Convict, Barwell, 1798).  This long lasting relationship commenced around 1806.
The couple had 12 children between 1807 and 1827.
This family included William “Fighting Bill” Parkes born 1816 and a famous athlete for the period.

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

1822 Muster:
Parks, John, free by servitude, Barwell, 7 years, landholder, Sydney.
Parks, Mary, 15, born in the colony.
Parks, Sarah, 13, born in the colony.
Parks, John, 12, born in the colony.
Parks, Ann, 10, born in the colony.
Parks, Joseph, 8, born in the colony.
Parks, Esther, 7, born in the colony.
Parks, James, 6, born in the colony.
Parks, William, 3, born in the colony.
all children of above.
Suthers, Margaret, free by servitude, Experiment, 7 years, wife of J. Parks, Sydney.

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 350…
[Ref S2063] Sparks, John, 50, free by servitude, Barwell, 1797, 7 years, Protestant, nailor, Upper Pitt Street, Sydney.
[Ref S2064] Sparks, Margaret, 45, free by servitude, Experiment, 1803, 7 years.
[Ref S2065] Sparks, Sarah, 19, born in the colony.
[Ref S2066] Sparks, John, 15, born in the colony.
[Ref S2067] Sparks, Anne, 14, born in the colony.
[Ref S2068] Sparks, Joseph, 13, born in the colony.
[Ref S2069] Sparks, Esther, 12, born in the colony.
[Ref S2070] Sparks, James, 9, born in the colony.
[Ref S2071] Sparks, William, 8, born in the colony.
[Ref S2072] Sparks, Isaac, 5, born in the colony.
[Ref S2073] Sparks, Thomas, 3, born in the colony.
[Ref S2074] Sparks, Mary, 2, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Colin Parkes on 16th October, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1783 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1859 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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