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Esther Wright

Esther Wright, one of 119 convicts transported on the Wanstead, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Esther Wright
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1780
Occupation: Maid
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Wanstead
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 9th January, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 118 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 106; Lancaster Gazetter, Sat 20 March 1813 p.3, Sat 10 April 1813 p.3
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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Robin Sharkey on 29th August, 2021 wrote:

Esther Wright , aged 34, was tried at the Lancaster Assizes commencing 20 March 1813, for stealing bank notes. She was found guilty, and sentenced to 7 years transportation. She sailed a few months later on “Wanstead”, departing in August 1813, arriving in NSW in January 1814.

Lancaster Gazetter, Sat 20 March 1813 p.3
“Lancaster Assizes
“The Calendar of Prisoners who are to take their trials at our assizes, which commence this day, before the Hon. Baron Thomason and the Hon Justice Le Blanc, we are sorry to say, contains no less than seventy-three offenders, many of whom are charged with capital offences. They are as follows:
“ Esther Wright charged with having stolen, at Liverpool, thirty-two bank notes, the property of Joseph Pickering.”

Lancaster Gazetter, Sat 10 April 1813, p 3
“LANCASTER ASSIZES, Crown Side
“ On Saturday morning the Hon Baron Thompson passed sentence on the remainder of the prisoners convicted at these Assizes. Viz,
“The following had been sentenced on the day of their trial: ... Esther Wright — seven years transportation”

In NSW, Esther was recorded on the ship’s indent as being 34 years of age, and a chambermaid. She was on the list of women sent directly from “Wanstead” up river to Parramatta.

In the 1814 Muster nine months after she arrived she was a servant assigned in the household of Rev Cartwright at Woindsor.

Robin Sharkey on 29th August, 2021 wrote:

Esther Wright , aged 34, was tried at the Lancaster Assizes commencing 20 March 1813, for stealing bank notes. She was found guilty, and sentenced to 7 years transportation. She sailed a few months later on “Wanstead”, departing in August 1813, arriving in NSW in January 1814.

Lancaster Gazetter, Sat 20 March 1813 p.3
“Lancaster Assizes
“The Calendar of Prisoners who are to take their trials at our assizes, which commence this day, before the Hon. Baron Thomason and the Hon Justice Le Blanc, we are sorry to say, contains no less than seventy-three offenders, many of whom are charged with capital offences. They are as follows:
“ Esther Wright charged with having stolen, at Liverpool, thirty-two bank notes, the property of Joseph Pickering.”

Lancaster Gazetter, Sat 10 April 1813, p 3
“LANCASTER ASSIZES, Crown Side
“ On Saturday morning the Hon Baron Thompson passed sentence on the remainder of the prisoners convicted at these Assizes. Viz,
“The following had been sentenced on the day of their trial: ... Esther Wright — seven years transportation”

In NSW, Esther was recorded on the ship’s indent as being 42 years of age, and a chambermaid. She was on the list of women sent directly from “Wanstead” up river to Parramatta.

In the 1814 Muster nine months after she arrived she was a servant assigned in the household of Rev Cartwright at Windsor.

In NSW:
Eleanor was sent up river to Parramatta when the “Wanstead” arrived in February 1814.

Nine months later when the 1814 Muster was held in Oct-Nov, she was recorded as being in the Female Factory, at Parramatta.

Sadly, Eleanor died, on the leap year day of 29 February 1820. She was registered as “Ellen Thorpe” in the St Phillip’s, Sydney, church Burial registered, and as being aged 49 years. She was buried on 1 March 1820.

Robin Sharkey on 29th August, 2021 wrote:

CORRECTION FOR NSW ENTRY
The above last few lines about Eleanor in NSW are incorrect. PLEASE DISREGARD.

The following is what happened to Eleanor Wright per “Wanstead” once in NSW.

In 1815 she married John Byrne at St Matthews Church of England in Windsor. [Esther Wright/John Byrne NSWBDM marriage -1723/1815 V18151723 3A]

By 1822 she had completed her sentence and was free by Servitude, residing at Windsor as wife of J. Byrne (per 1822 convict muster).

In the 1825 muster of NSW convicts, she was still at Windsor, and wife of John (although he was incorrectly recorded as “Boyce”).

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 29th August, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 106; Lancaster Gazetter, Sat 20 March 1813 p.3, Sat 10 April 1813 p.3 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Numbe

Robin Sharkey on 29th August, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 1779), date of death: 29th February, 1820 (prev. 0000), occupation

Robin Sharkey on 29th August, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1780 (prev. 1772), date of death: 0000 (prev. 29th February, 1820)

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