Mary Ann Downes (1809–1833)

MARY ANN DOWNES was an Irish convict woman tried and convicted in Dublin, Ireland on 10 November 1826 for stealing spoons and sentenced to seven years transportation per Elizabeth II (1828). Her husband, MICHAEL DOWNS, was also a convict transported per Countess of Harcourt (4) (1827) but the couple had no children prior to their transportation. MARY ANN DOWNES died at the Parramatta Female Factory on 28 December 1833 and was buried in an unmarked grave in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta on 29 December 1833. Her husband also died in the colony on 5 March 1846.


Names

  • Alternate: MARY ANN DOWNS

Timeline

  • Born: 1809, Dublin, Ireland
  • Husband MICHAEL DOWNES tried and convicted for theft of a watch: 28 September 1826
  • Husband MICHAEL DOWNES transported per Countess of Harcourt (4): 14 February 1827, Dublin, Ireland
  • MARY ANN DOWNES tried and convicted for stealing spoons: 10 November 1826, Dublin, Ireland
  • MARY ANN DOWNES sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Elizabeth II: 27 August 1827, Cork, Ireland
  • MARY ANN DOWNES arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Elizabeth II: 12 January 1828, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • MARY ANN DOWNES died: 28 December 1833, Parramatta Female Factory
  • MARY ANN DOWNES buried: 29 December 1833, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta

Burial Location

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

Relationships

  • Wife of MICHAEL DOWNES, convict per Countess of Harcourt (4) (1827)

Occupation

  • Needlewoman
  • Servant
  • Convict

Religion

  • Catholic

Multimedia

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)
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)

Sources

  • Irish Convicts to New South Wales, 1788–1849 (http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi, 2011), MARY ANN DOWNES, accessed 10 October 2018.
  • New South Wales Government, Indents First Fleet, Second Fleet and Ships, NRS 1150, Microfiche 620–624, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

Lists

# Convict

# Irish

# Sentence: Seven Years Transportation

# Ship: Elizabeth II (1828)

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Place of Death: Parramatta Female Factory

# Burial Year: 1833

# Grave: unmarked