Catherine Makesay (c.1809–1833)

Irish convict woman, tried in Kilkenny, Ireland in 1827 for vagrancy and transported for seven years per Edward (1) (1829). CATHERINE was incarcerated at the Parramatta Female Factory. CATHERINE and WILLIAM BURSILL (aka WILLIAM BUSHILL, WILLIAM BUSSILL), convict tried at the Old Bailey, London and sentenced to transportation for life per Asia I (1) (1820), were the parents of ANN BURSILL. Though recorded as having the same surname on ANN’s baptism record in November 1831, the couple did not marry at St. John’s Church, Parramatta until the following year on 4 May 1832.


  • Alternate: CATHERINE MACKERAY (c.f. headstone)
  • Alternate: CATHERINE PUTHILL (misspelling / incorrect transcription)


  • Born: c. 1809, County Carlow, Ireland
  • Tried for vagrancy, convicted and sentenced to seven years transportation: 1827, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Died: 7 December 1833, Parramatta Hospital
  • Buried: 7 December 1833, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta, as “CATHERINE MACKESY”


  • Catholic


  • Country work


Primary Sources

  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 8.0), 29 October 1817, trial of WILLIAM BUSHILL (t18171029-51), accessed 10 June 2018.
  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 8.0), 28 June 1820, trial of WILLIAM BUSSILL (t18200628-167), accessed 10 June 2018.
  • Parish Baptism Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

Secondary Sources


# Irish

# Convict

# Trial Place: Kilkenny, Ireland

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Ship: Edward (1) (1829)

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Place of Death: Parramatta Hospital

# Burial Place: St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

# Burial Year: 1833

# Grave: marked