James Connell (1832–1832)

JAMES CONNELL was a convict’s child who was born in the Parramatta Female Factory and suffered from congenital syphilis contracted from his convict mother, who was infected with “the itch,” as it was colloquially known. At the age of four months and three weeks, following pain and convulsions, which are symptoms of the disease, JAMES died at the Parramatta Female Factory. Though there was a purpose-built “dead house” on site, his body was laid out on a table in the “lying-in hospital” at the Factory from the time of his death on Sunday to the time of his coronial inquest on Tuesday morning, much to the chagrin of the coroner and jury who assembled for the inquest. The poor treatment of his body prompted a number of outraged letters to the editor of the Sydney Monitor and Sydney Gazette in the days after his inquest with members of the jury commenting on the fact that his body was kept in the same room as other sick women and children. JAMES CONNELL was subsequently buried in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta in an unmarked grave.


Timeline

  • Born: c. 20 January 1832, Parramatta Female Factory lying-in hospital
  • Died: Sunday evening, 10 June 1832, Parramatta Female Factory lying-in hospital
  • Coronial Inquest: Tuesday morning, 12 June 1832, Parramatta Female Factory lying-in hospital
  • Buried: 12 June 1832, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta

Burial Location

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

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# Child

# Convict’s child

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Death Place: Parramatta Female Factory

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

# Burial Year: 1832

# Grave: unmarked