Janet Anderson

Scottish convict woman tried and convicted at the Glasgow Court of Justiciary on 6 May 1839 and sentenced to seven years transportation per Mary Anne III (1) (1839). Sent to Newcastle but imprisoned there on 29 December 1840 for concealing pregnancy and “returned to Government” i.e. transferred to the Parramatta Female Factory where she gave birth to THOMAS ANDERSON on 1 April 1841.


  • Alternate: JENNET ANDERSON (c.f. son’s baptism record)


  • Tried and convicted: 6 May 1839, Glasgow Court of Justiciary
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Mary Anne III (1) (1839): 18 July 1839, Woolwich
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Mary Anne III (1) (1839): 10 November 1839, Port Jackson
  • Assigned to masters in Newcastle, New South Wales
  • Imprisoned for “supposed pregnancy”: 29 December 1840, Newcastle Gaol
  • Returned to Government: 29 December 1840
  • Incarcerated in Sydney Gaol and forwarded to Parramatta Female Factory
  • Son THOMAS ANDERSON born: 1 April 1841, lying-in hospital, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Son THOMAS ANDERSON baptised: 11 April 1841, St. John’s Church, Parramatta



  • Housemaid
  • Convict


  • Ancestry.com, New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).
  • Parish Baptism Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

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