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Jane White

Jane White, one of 122 convicts transported on the Broxbournebury, January 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jane White
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Broxbournebury
Departure date: January, 1814
Arrival date: 28th July, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 123 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 146
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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Beth Kebblewhite on 22nd October, 2019 wrote:

WHITE, Jane (c1784-?)
Tried - 21 March 1812 Lancaster Lent Assize
Jane was a servant aged about 28, when she was charged with larceny and given a sentence of 7 years transportation at her trial at Lancaster Lent Assize Court held at Lancaster Castle in 1812. The gaoler was given instructions to provide the female prisoners from Lancaster extra clothing for the journey, such as shoes, stockings, handkerchiefs, shifts and a jacket. Jane was first sent to the Colony in 1812 on the ship Emu and finally reached Sydney in 1814 on the Broxbornebury.

BC: 1784
Sentenced: 21/03/1812 Lancaster Lent Assize to 7 years transportation
Crime: Larceny (Source: HO 27 Criminal Register Index 1805-1816 Lancashire, Vol. 23, by Stuart Tamblin, CD-ROM)
“Lancaster Lent Assize. Our Assizes did not conclude, at the Crown side, till yesterday morning, when the Hon. Baron Thomson passed the awful sentence of death on six prisoners, viz. Charles Sefton (aged 27), convicted last Assize for burglary; Margaret Cunningham (35) and Martha Entwisle (42) for uttering forged Bank notes; Marg. Cloyd (50) for sacrilege; and James Robinson (19) and Edmund Chadwick alias Barrow (25) for stealing cows. The following are the sentences of the other prisoners. Bella Janson (37) and Ann Lord (32) for robbing bleaching grounds; Thomas Rawstone (38) for having forged notes in his possession; and Mary Gleaves (35) for receiving stolen goods – fourteen years transportation….Jane White (28)…Daniel McLeece (54) for divers felonies, Seven years transportation….Thomas Gleaves (29) for manslaughter. Fined 1s and one months imprisonment…The Judge was pleased to reprieve the whole of those condemned before he left the town.” (Source: Lancaster Gazette, 04/04/1812, p3)
“Whitehall, 24 Sept. 1812
The Ship Emu which is appointed to convey Convicts to New South Wales, is lying at Woolwich in readiness to receive the Female Convicts named in the Margin; I am therefore to signify to you His Royal Highness the Prince Regent’s Pleasure in the Name and on Behalf of His Majesty that you do, on or before the 2 Oct. next, cause such Convicts to be removed from the Gaol at Lancaster on board that Ship, if their Heath should be such as to allow of heir Sentences being carried into Execution; and that each Convict be cleanly and properly cloathed (sic), as also provided with the additional Articles of Wearing Apparel under mentioned, and accompanied with a Surgeon’s Certificate of their being free from any infectious Sistemper, and in other Respects in a good State of Health, otherwise they will not be received on board, but will be returned to the Person who brings them.
I am, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant,
[Lord] Sidmouth
One spare Jacket or Gown
One spare Petticoat
Two spare Shifts
Two spare Handkerchiefs
Two spare Pare of Stockings
One spare pair of Shoes
Isabella Anderson
Ann Best
Alice Tomlinson
Margaret Procter
Jane White
Martha Entwistle
Mary Cunningham
Ann Lord
Bella Janson
Mary Gleaves
Recd. from Thos. Bunce (?) Keeper of HM Gaol Lancaster, the 10 Convicts who are mentioned in the Margin.
John Brown”
(Source: Copy of document from Lancaster Castle Archive # TRAN/25)

Previous Occupation: Servant
Age on Convict Indent: 30
Certificate of Freedom 460 (indent)
1814 Muster:
Jane WHITE, con, Broxbornebury, on stores, FF, Parramatta (3309)
1814 - John Shannon, aged 40, Free, Abode: St Johns [Parramatta], Signed X; & Jane White, aged 30, Prisoner, arrived per Broxbornebury, Abode: St Johns [Parramatta], Signed X;  Married 21 Nov 1814, registered St Johns Church of England Parramatta by Banns by Reverend Benjamin Vale; Witness: John O’Neal, Signed X; Witness: Ann O’Neal, Signed X. (Source: St John’s Church of England, Parramatta NSW: Church Register - Marriages; ML ref: Reel SAG 55-56)
1815 - Both John Shannon & Jane were witnesses to the wedding of William Scott per Admiral Gambier & Elizabeth Davies per Experiment, on 05/04/1815. Source: St John’s Church of England, Parramatta NSW: Church Register - Marriages; ML ref: Reel SAG 55-56] [Note: Identity of John Shannon has not been determined.]
1820, 19 Oct. – Jane White, per ship Broxbornebury, was admitted into Sydney Gaol on 19/10/1820, the crime was not stated, sentence was to be confined for 30 days. (Source: http://www.ancestry.com.au SRNSW Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930; Series: 2514; Item: 4/6360; Roll: 850)
1822, 4 March – Jane White, per ship Broxbornebury, was admitted into Sydney Gaol on 04/03/1822 for an appearance at the Criminal Court, the crime was not stated, no sentence recorded, to be “discharged”. Another record shows she was “directed to appear” at the Criminal Court by the Judge Advocate. (Source: http://www.ancestry.com.au SRNSW Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930; Series: 2514; Item: 4/6360 and 4/6428; Roll: 850)
1822 Muster:
Jane WHITE, FBS, Broxbornebury, 7 years, wife of G Davis, Sydney (A22408) [Note: Could not determine who was her spouse]
1823-25 Muster:
Jane WHITE, FS, Broxbornebury, 7 years, wife of George Davis, Sydney (45199)
1828 Census:
Mary (sic) DAVIES, aged 43, FS, Broxbornebury, 7 years, prot, FF Parramatta *(D0290 - plus one month colonial sentence)

No death found for John Shannon in NSW BDM’s.

No record of a marriage for Jane to a Mr Davis/Davies & no death record found in NSW BDM’s for Jane.

From the book “Journey to a New Life…” the story of the ships Emu & Broxbornebury by Elizabeth Hook (3rd ed. 2014). I am the author & can be contacted on hookey5609@yahoo.com.au for further info

Convict Changes History

Beth Kebblewhite on 22nd October, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1784 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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