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Mary Swain

Mary Swain, one of 89 convicts transported on the Earl of Liverpool, December 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Swain
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: America
Departure date: 30th December, 1830
Arrival date: 9th May, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 181 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 539 (272)
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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Maureen Withey on 17th April, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 17 April 2020), December 1830, trial of MARY SWAIN (t18301209-221).
MARY SWAIN, Theft > simple larceny, 9th December 1830.

222. MARY SWAIN was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of August , 1 bolster, value 5s.; 4 pillows, value 10s.; 4 shirts, value 6s.; 4 blankets, value 16s.; 1 counterpane, value 8s.; 1 pair of pockets, value 1s.; 2 aprons, value 2s.; 3 yards of calico, value 9d.; 4 basins, value 1s., and 1 flat-iron, value 6d., the goods of Esther Lala ; 1 pair of shoes, value 4s.; 1 shirt, value 2s., and 1 frock, value 1s., the goods of Augustin Ballands .

ESTHER LALA. I live in Union-street, Shadwell . The prisoner was in my service for eight or nine months - I went to the Queenborough election with my lodger, and left the prisoner at my house; when I returned the prisoner was gone, and some of my neighbours had put a padlock on my door, to keep her from taking things away - I missed a great many articles which I have not found; the articles stated were among them - I made inquiries, and the prisoner was taken on the 23rd of November; I asked what she meant by doing so; she said she knew all about it, and she would go with me quietly.

ROBERT MARSTON . I am a Thames Police-officer. I went with the presecutor to Greenwich and took the prisoner; she said she had destroyed the duplicates, but would give me a list of the things.

JOHN RALPH LAWSON . I have a sheet, a pair of pockets, a pair of shoes, and some other things pawned by the prisoner.

JOHN JOHNSON . I am a pawnbroker. I have five articles, but I did not take them in, and do not know who pawned them.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I rented a room at her house while my husband was at home, and paid her 7s. a week; when my husband went to sea with the man who lived with her he left me his monthly money, and when she was gone to Queenborough, I took these things with the intention of redeeming them with my husband’s money, which she was in the habit of receiving.

ESTHER LALA . She was my servant ; I took her in out of charity - I went to Queenborough on the 30th of July, and returned on the 3rd of August; I left her plenty to eat and drink while I was gone, and 2s. to get her some beer.

GUILTY . Aged 42. - Transported for Seven Years .
FROM THE HOBART TOWN GAZETTE. Friday, December 8, 1837.
—The period for which the undermentioned persons were transported expiring at the dates placed after their respective names, certificates of their freedom may be obtained then, or at any subsequent period, upon application at the Muster Master’s Office, Hobart Town, or at that of a Police Magistrate in the interior: —
America.— Mary Swain, 9th December.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 17th April, 2020 made the following changes:

voyage, gender: f

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