Jane Mack (1811–)

JANE MACK was a convict woman who was tried and convicted at the Middlesex Session of Peace on 7 February 1833 and sentenced to seven years transportation per Buffalo (1833) for receiving stolen goods. Her uncle, JAMES MACK, had travelled to the colony as a free man ten years earlier.

In the colony, JANE MACK was assigned to Miss MARY REYNOLDS of Pitt Street south, Sydney. She frequently absconded from her mistress and was sentenced to the prison class of the Parramatta Female Factory. Twice she teamed up with fellow servant MARY ANN GREENWOOD, a convict per George Hibbert (1834). In the first instance, the women were sentenced to six weeks in the third class of the Parramatta Female Factory, but on the second occasion the women absconded with clothing and other items belonging to their mistress. When they were apprehended, they were committed to Sydney Gaol and sentenced to twelve months in the third class (prison class) of the Parramatta Female Factory. While this extended stay in the factory appears to have cured MARY ANN, the same could not be said for JANE MACK. She was tried and convicted of larceny alongside a man named JOHN EARLY on 18 July 1839 and sentenced to twelve calendar months imprisonment and hard labour in the Parramatta Female Factory. In spite of this, she received her certificate of freedom in 1841.


Timeline

  • Born: 1811, Chelsea, England
  • Tried and convicted: 7 February 1833, Middlesex Session of Peace
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Buffalo: 12 May 1833, Portsmouth
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Buffalo: 5 October 1833, Port Jackson
  • Assigned to Miss MARY REYNOLDS: Pitt Street South, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Fellow servant MARY ANN GREENWOOD absconded, was apprehended, and sentenced to the Parramatta Female Factory for two months: May 1835
  • JANE MACK also absconded and, upon being apprehended was committed to gaol: 8 June 1835, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • JANE MACK sentenced to Parramatta Female Factory third class (prison class) for two months: 8 June 1835
  • Transferred to the Parramatta Female Factory third class where she is reunited with MARY ANN GREENWOOD: 9 June 1835
  • Released: 9 September 1835, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Eleven days after her release, JANE absconded from mistress, MARY REYNOLDS, along with fellow servant MARY ANN GREENWOOD:  20 September 1835, Pitt Street South, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Both women were apprehended and committed to gaol: 26 September 1835, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Both women were sentenced to the Parramatta Female Factory third class for six weeks: 26 September 1835, Sydney Police Office
  • Both women were transferred: 28 September 1835, third class, Parramatta Female Factory, Fleet St, North Parramatta, New South Wales
  • Absconded from mistress MARY REYNOLDS along with MARY ANN GREENWOOD: 16 January 1837, Pitt Street South, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Apprehended along with MARY ANN GREENWOOD and stolen property found in their possession: 17 January 1837
  • Tried alongside fellow servant MARY ANN GREENWOOD: 18 January 1837, Sydney Police Office
  • Both JANE MACK and MARY ANN sentenced to six weeks in the Factory: 18 January 1837, third class (prison class), Parramatta Female Factory, Fleet St, North Parramatta
  • Trial reported in Sydney Gazette: 21 January 1837
  • Trial reported in The Australian: 27 January 1837
  • Arrested for larceny along with JOHN EARLY and committed to gaol: 21 June 1839, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Received notice for trial: 28 June 1839
  • Tried and convicted before a military jury: 13 July 1839, Sydney Quarter Sessions
  • Sentenced to twelve calendar months imprisonment and hard labour: 13 July 1839, third class, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Received Certificate of Freedom: 11 August 1841

Law Reports


Relationships

  • Niece of JAMES MACK, came free to the colony c. 1823
  • Servant of Miss MARY REYNOLDS, Pitt Street south, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Partner in crime: MARY ANN GREENWOOD

Occupation

  • Dressmaker
  • Milliner
  • Servant

Religion

  • Protestant

Description

  • Education: Could read and write
  • Height: 5 feet 2 ¾ inches
  • Complexion: Fair and freckled, slightly pockpitted
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Hazel Grey
  • General Remarks: Scar ball of left thumb, another heel of left hand
  • Prior convictions: none

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Sources

  • Home Office, Settlers and Convicts, New South Wales and Tasmania, HO10, Piece 30, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England).
  • New South Wales Government, Annotated printed indents (i.e., office copies), NRS 12189, Item: [X635], Microfiche: 707, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Bound manuscript indents, 1788–1842, Series: NRS 12188, Item: [4/4018], Microfiche: 687, (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, Entrance books [Sydney Gaol], Series 2514, Reel 852, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Registers of criminal cases tried at Sydney Quarter Sessions (Sydney Deposition books), 1838–1948, NRS 847, Reel: 2431, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • POLICE,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Friday 27 January 1837, p. 2.
  • POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Saturday 21 January 1837, p. 3.

Lists

# Convict

# Trial Place: Middlesex Peace Session

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Ship: Buffalo (1833)

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Repeat Offender