Mary had been a farm servant in Tipperary and was convicted in 1827 in company with Margaret MARA, a 48 year old mother of 8 children, for stealing a sheep. (Convict indent City of Edinburgh 1828). They were both sentenced to 7 years transportation to New South Wales. Mary is described as being 5 feet tall with brown hair and eyes and a ruddy freckled complexion. Mary was not a model prisoner as she was sentenced to ‘6 weeks 3rd class’ for repeated insolence as well as three other convictions to the same place. The Parramatta Female Factory was used as place of punishment for various misdemeanours as well as a place for convict nursing mothers, reassignment of female convicts to new masters, and even a marriage agency!
[from Dr Pat MILLAR & Noel Wilkinson]