Johanna Lawson

Convict woman incarcerated in the Parramatta Female Factory.

Police Reports


Three frail damsels, JOHANNA LAWSON, MARGARET DONNELLY, and ELEANOR O’BIRNE, were identified as having eloped from the Factory — they pleased want of sufficiency of food as the cause of their attempting to escape — they had only been at large a few days, an were ordered back to their old quarters.

See Original:OFFENCES, CHARGES, &c.,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Saturday 29 April 1826, p.3

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JOHANNA LAWSON, prisoner of the crown, charged with having stolen a gun from the garden-house of Ultimo estate, which gun was the property of the Hon. Mr. Justice STEPHEN; the prisoner acknowledged the charge, and was sentenced to have her original term of sentence extended for 3 years from the period of it expiration, and in the meantime to be returned to the Factory, from which it appeared she had lately absconded.

See Original: “The Police,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Wednesday 3 May 1826, p.3

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JOHANNA LAWSON, ISABELLA LLOYD, THOS. COOK, and WILLIAM WARD, prisoners of the crown, stood charged as follows: — The said JOHANNA LAWSON and ISABELLA LLOYD being the espoused of prisoners KENNELLY and COX, who are attached to Windsor Road Gang, stood charged with absenting themselves and absconding from their husbands, after a “moon” of four days, in company with the prisoners COOK and WARD, also attached to that gang. The prisoners KENNELLY and COX were charged with pursuing the fugitives without leave or permission. Sentenced, LAWSON and LLOYD, 6 months to the Factory, No. 3 Class; COOK and WARD, 12 months to iron gang; KENNELLY and COX 25 lashes each, and returned.

See Original:POLICE REPORTS,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Wednesday 20 September 1826, p.3

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MARY ANN SMITH, and JOHANNA LAWSON, two inmates of the Factory, were sentenced to be confined in a cell for one week, for escaping over the Factory wall.

See Original:Police Reports,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Saturday 23 September 1826, p.3


# Convict

# Repeat Offender

# Year: 1826