Celia Burke (c.1806–1829)

CELIA BURKE was an Irish convict tried and convicted in Roscommon, Ireland for stealing clothes and transported for seven years per Edward (1) (1829). She died, aged 23 years, whilst incarcerated in the Parramatta Female Factory. Her burial ceremony was performed by Reverend Samuel Marsden on 8 November 1829. She is buried in an unmarked grave in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta.


  • Alternate: SECILIA BURKE (c.f. burial record)
  • Alternate: CELIA BOURKE


  • Born: c.1806, Galway, Ireland
  • Tried and convicted for stealing clothes: 1825, Roscommon, Ireland
  • Sailed for New South Wales per Edward (1): 1 January 1829 from Cork, Ireland
  • Arrived in New South Wales per Edward (1): 28 April 1829, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Committed to gaol after being “given up by her master”: 3 July 1829, Sydney Gaol, Sydney
  • Forwarded to the first class of the Parramatta Female Factory for reassignment: 6 July 1829
  • Died: c. 8 November 1829 at Parramatta Female Factory
  • Buried: 8 November 1829, unmarked grave, parish of St. John’s, Parramatta

Burial Location

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


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)


  • Irish Convicts to New South Wales, 1788–1849, (http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi, 2011), CELIA BURKE, accessed 9 October 2018.
  • New South Wales Government, Entrance books [Sydney Gaol], NRS 2514, Reel 851, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Church, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia


# Convict

# Irish

# Ship: Edward (1) (1829)

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Death Place: Parramatta Female Factory

# Burial Year: 1829

# Grave: unmarked