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Catherine Wallace

Catherine Wallace, one of 101 convicts transported on the Mary Ann, July 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Catherine Wallace
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1852
Age: 64 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: Stealing a cap
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mary Anne
Departure date: July, 1815
Arrival date: 19th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 100 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 215 (109)
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

Phil Hands on 25th May, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 5th April 1815 for stealing a bonnet and a feather, she was sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England late August 1815.
Ship:- the ‘Mary Anne I’ sailed with 103 female convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 19th January 1816.

Married convict Alexander McCabe (‘Boddingtons’ 1793) in 1816 at Richmond, they had 6 children between 1816-1830.

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18150405-9

433. CATHERINE WALLACE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3rd of March , a bonnet, value 4 s. and a feather, value 2 s. the property of George Franks , privately in his shop .
GEORGE LOCKEY . I am shopman to George Franks , he is a hatter , at the corner of Red-cross-street ; on Friday the 3rd of March between five and six in the evening, the prisoner with another woman came into the shop, and asked to look at a drab hat, at about seven shillings, for a boy; I was then attending another woman in the shop, and a hat which I was going to try on a boy’s head, when I turned round to put it on the boy’s head, the two women went out of the shop, without saying anything; I immediately missed a beaver bonnet and feather from the window; I immediately went in pursuit of the women, and overtook them about half a dozen houses down the street, I caught hold of the prisoner by the shoulder, I informed her she must go back with me, she immediately dropped the bonnet and feather from under her clothes, where she had it concealed; I stooped and picked it up with my right hand from between her feet, as I held her with my left hand; I then took her back and gave her in charge of an officer; the other woman made off.
BARTHOLOMEW WOOD . I produce the bonnet; I took charge of the prisoner and the bonnet; I have had the bonnet ever since.
LOCKEY. The bonnet is my master’s property, and the feather. I know the bonnet by the private mark.
Prisoner’s Defence. I was a little intoxicated, a woman asked me to go into the shop with her, she asked to buy a boy’s hat.
GUILTY, aged 27.
Of stealing, to the value of 4 s. 9 d. only .
Transported for Seven Years .
London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Convict Changes History

Scalpt Hair on 1st March, 2015 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

Phil Hands on 25th May, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1788 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1852 (prev. 0000), crime

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