Catherine Byrnes (1806–1832)

CATHERINE BYRNES was an Irish convict who was tried and convicted in Carrickfergus, County Antrim in 1830 for house robbery. She was married with two children at the time of her conviction and was sentenced to seven years transportation per Palambam (1831). In the colony, CATHERINE was incarcerated at the Parramatta Female Factory. The place of her death is conflicting in the records. The St. John’s burial register records that she died in “Parramatta Hospital,” i.e. the Colonial Hospital, which was located on the present-day site of the Heritage Courtyard of the Parramatta Justice Precinct. However, the Convict Death Index records that she died at the Parramatta Female Factory. She was buried in an unmarked grave in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta on 13 April 1832, recorded age 26.


Names

  • Alternate: CATHERINE BURNS

Timeline

  • Born: 1806, County Carlow, Ireland
  • Tried and convicted of house robbery: 1830, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Ireland
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Palambam: 23 March 1831, Cork, Ireland
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Palambam: 31 July 1831, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Died: c. 13 April 1832
  • Buried: 13 April 1832, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, exact location in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta unknown.

Occupation

  • House maid

Religion

  • Catholic

Multimedia

The small building to the left of the big blue doors was the “dead house” at the Parramatta Female Factory. Photo: Michaela Ann Cameron (2014)
The small building to the left of the big blue doors was the “dead house” at the Parramatta Female Factory. Photo: Michaela Ann Cameron (2014)

Sources


Lists

# Convict

# Irish

# Ship: Palambam (1831)

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Place of Death: Parramatta Female Factory

# Burial Year: 1832

# Grave: unmarked