Ann Lambert (1800–)

ANN LAMBERT was an Irish convict woman who was tried and convicted at the Lancaster Quarter Session on 20 July 1829 for the robbery of a warehouse and sentenced to fourteen years transportation per Roslin Castle (2) (1830). At the time of her conviction she was married with one child.

In the colony, ANN LAMBERT was a repeat offender and frequent inmate of the Parramatta Female Factory but was also the prosecutrix in court cases involving others, such as emancipated convict ELIZA ELLIS and PETER HOLMES. One of ANN LAMBERT’s own early stints in the Factory came after she went “roaming” without leave and was pulled out of a house on Goulburn-street, Sydney “while in the act of dancing an Irish jig.”

She was assigned to masters and mistresses in various locations around New South Wales, including Sydney, Newcastle, Maitland and Dungog. No matter how far or how wide she roamed, though, she continually found herself back in the Parramatta Female Factory and on at least one of those occasions was committed to Newcastle Gaol and the attached Newcastle Female Factory (established 1828) with an unnamed child in tow.

Well beyond her sentence of transportation, ANN LAMBERT frequently appeared in the gaol admissions books in Darlinghurst, New South Wales.


Timeline

  • Born: 1800–1802, Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland.
  • Tried and convicted for robbing a warehouse: 20 July 1829, Lancaster Quarter Sessions, Salford, England.
  • Sentenced to fourteen years transportation.
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Roslin Castle (2): 3 March 1830, The Downs, Kent, England
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Roslin Castle (2): 29 June 1830, Port Jackson, New South Wales. The Convict Indents state she was assigned to EDWARD SPARKE, King Street, Sydney, so it is very likely this occurred on arrival.
  • Committed to Gaol for “absenting and drunkness [sic]”: 17 August 1830, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Sentenced to third class of the Factory for three month: 17 August 1830, General Sessions Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sent to the third class of the Parramatta Female Factory: 18 August 1830, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Committed to gaol: 5 November 1831, Sydney Gaol, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sent to third class for one month: 9 November 1831, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Committed to gaol: 18 February 1833, Sydney Gaol, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sent to the third class for fourteen days: 27 February 1833, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Committed to gaol: 18 March 1833, Sydney Gaol, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sent to third class for two months: 22 March 1833, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Sent to the Parramatta Female Factory third class for three months for drunkenness and absconding from the service of MRS HOWELL and returned to government as incorrigible: c. 30 May 1833 [c.f. Law Report of ANN LAMBERT]
  • Committed to Gaol: 26 August 1833, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Sent to the third class for six weeks: 27 August 1833, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Committed to Gaol: 8 October 1833, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Sent to third class for one month and returned to service: 11 October 1833
  • Committed to gaol and sent to the third class of the Parramatta Female Factory for fourteen days: 27 December 1833, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Committed to gaol: 27 January 1834, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Sent to third class Parramatta Female Factory for 28 days: 28 January 1834
  • Committed to gaol: 24 March 1834, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Sent to third class Parramatta Female Factory for 21 days: 27 March 1834, Parramatta Female Factory
  • ANN LAMBERT received “a present of a lot of new clothes” from her mistress MRS HOWELL, including “a new shawl, which cost fifty shillings, a leghorn bonnet and trimmings, a gown, &c” and wore them on an outing with a friend. Later that night, while inebriated, some of these clothes were allegedly stolen from her in a reported house of “ill-fame” owned by ELIZA ELLIS: Sunday 4 May 1834, Sydney [c.f. Law Report of ANN LAMBERT, 8 May 1834 and Law Report of ELIZA ELLIS and ANN LAMBERT, 10 May 1834]
  • Took ELIZA ELLIS, “an elderly female,” to court, accusing her of stealing her shawl whilst ANN was in a state of intoxication in her house on the 4 May 1834: 10 May 1834.
  • PETER HOLMES tried for stealing her shawl in ELIZA ELLIS’s house on the 4 May 1834: 21 July 1834, Sydney Quarter Sessions, Sydney, New South Wales [c.f. Law Report of ANN LAMBERT 24 July 1834 and Law Report of ANN LAMBERT 25 July 1834].
  • Sentenced to the Parramatta Female Factory third class for three months for being “fond of roaming without leave” and dancing an Irish jig: c. 17 October 1834, Sydney, New South Wales [c.f. Law Report of ANN LAMBERT]
  • Committed to gaol: 15 January 1835, Sydney Gaol, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sent to third class for two months: 16 January 1835, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Committed to gaol: 19 March 1835, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Sent to third class for two months: 21 March 1835, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Committed to gaol: 8 October 1835, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Sent to third class for two months: 9 October 1835, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Requested permission to marry emancipated Old Bailey convict WILLIAM COOPER per Minerva I (3) (1823): 31 October 1836, Parramatta
  • Permission to marry WILLIAM COOPER refused because “ANN LAMBERT is married with one child at home”: 19 November 1836
  • Committed to Newcastle gaol from Maitland to be “returned to government”: 1 March 1837, Newcastle Gaol
  • Assigned to Mr JAMES REID: 29 March 1837, Newcastle
  • Committed to gaol from Dungog “with child” to be “returned to government” for being “useless in her service”: 25 September 1839, Newcastle Gaol
  • Sent from Newcastle Female Factory to Sydney Gaol for the Parramatta Female Factory: 20 August 1840
  • Received Ticket of Leave: 1 December 1842,
  • Received Certificate of Freedom: 20 November 1845, Parramatta, New South Wales
  • Committed to gaol for trial at Quarter Sessions for larceny and receiving: 31 July 1850, Darlinghurst Gaol, New South Wales
  • Tried and convicted alongside accomplice THOMAS McCLUCKIE for the crime of larceny and receiving: 10 August 1850, Sydney Quarter Sessions, Sydney, New South Wales
  • ANN and THOMAS were both sentenced to six calendar months imprisonment and hard labour at Sydney Gaol, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Discharged from Gaol: 8 February 1851

Law Reports


Relationships

  • Partner of WILLIAM COOPER, convict per Minerva I (3) (1823)
  • Accomplice of THOMAS McCLUCKIE

Occupation

  • Dairy maid
  • Maid of all work
  • Laundress
  • Dressmaker

Religion

  • Catholic

Description

  • Height: Five feet one inch / Four feet eleven-and-a-half inches (depending on source)
  • Make: Stout / Slender (depending on the source)
  • Complexion: Fair / Ruddy, freckled, pockpitted
  • Hair: Black / Dark Brown
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Prior convictions: two
  • Education: none

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Sources

  • Home Office, Criminal Registers, Middlesex and Home Office: Criminal Registers, England and Wales, Series HO 27, Piece: 37, Page: 424, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England).
  • Irish Convicts to New South Wales, 1788–1849 (http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi, 2011), ANN LAMBERT, accessed 14 October 2018.
  • New South Wales Government, Bound manuscript indents, 1788–1842, NRS 12188, Item: [4/4015], Microfiche: 675, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Butts of Certificates of Freedom, NRS 1165, 1166, 1167, 12208, 12210, Reels 601, 602, 604, 982-1027, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales).
  • New South Wales Government, Description books [Sydney Gaol and Darlinghurst Gaol], NRS 2523, Reel 858, (State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Description books [Sydney Gaol]. NRS 2517, Reels 855, 856, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Entrance books [Sydney Gaol], Series 2514, Reel 851, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Quarter Sessions: Sydney: Register of cases, 1846-1853, Series Number: NRS 847, Reel: 2432, (State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Registers of convicts’ applications to marry, Series 12212, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Tickets of Leave, 1810–1875, Series: NRS 12202; Item: [4/4169], (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales).
  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0), 14 February 1821, trial of THOMAS PIKE, THOMAS DOVE, WILLIAM COOPER alias HOMAN and CATHERINE JOHNSON alias HOMAN (t18210214-115), accessed 15 October 2018.
  • The Digital Panopticon (https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/, version 1.1), William Cooper Life Archive (ID: obpt18210214-115-defend1195), accessed 15 October 2018.
  • Shipping Intelligence. ARRIVALS,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 1 July 1830, p. 2.
  • Classified Advertising,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 1 July 1830, p. 1.
  • No title,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 8 July 1830, p. 3.
  • Police Report,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 30 May 1833, p. 3
  • POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 – 1842), Thursday 8 May 1834, p. 3
  • Domestic Intelligence,” The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 – 1838), Wednesday 14 July 1830, p. 2.
  • Police Office,” The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 – 1838), Saturday 10 May 1834, p. 2.
  • LAW INTELLIGENCE. SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS, JULY 21, 1834,” The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 – 1842), Thursday 24 July 1834, p. 2.
  • Quarter Sessions,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Friday 25 July 1834, p. 3.
  • Police Incidents,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Friday 17 October 1834, p. 2.
  • No title,” The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Wednesday 31 July 1850, p. 2
  • SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS. THURSDAY,” The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 12 August 1850, p. 2.
  • William C. Watt, Journal of Female Convict Ship of the Line Roslin Castle, William C. Watt M.D. Surgeon, between the 12th day of December 1829 and 15th day of July 1830, Admiralty and predecessors: Medical Journals (ADM 101, 804 bundles and volumes). Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies. (The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey).

Lists

# Convict

# Irish

# Punishment: Fourteen Years Transportation

# Ship: Roslin Castle (2) (1830)

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Newcastle Female Factory

# Repeat Offender