Mary Ann Howarth

MARY ANN HOWARTH was a convict woman who was tried and convicted at the Lancaster Quarter Sessions on 9 July 1832 and sentenced to fourteen years transportation per Diana (1833). MARY ANN was pregnant at the time of her trial and a few days before the Diana sailed for the colony of New South Wales with her cargo of convict women, MARY ANN gave birth to a baby girl, whom she fittingly called DIANA HOWARTH. The baby, however, died at the Parramatta Female Factory on 19 August 1833 and was buried in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta.


  • Tried and convicted: 9 July 1832, Lancaster Quarter Sessions
  • Sentenced to fourteen years transportation: 1832, Lancaster Quarter Sessions
  • Embarked on convict transport Diana: > 29 October 1832, Woolwich, England
  • Daughter DIANA HOWARTH born on board the convict ship Diana: 8 December 1832
  • Mother and daughter sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Diana: 11 December 1832
  • Mother and daughter arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Diana: 25 May 1833, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Daughter DIANA HOWARTH died: c. 19 August 1833, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Daughter DIANA HOWARTH buried: 19 August 1833, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta

Burial Location

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


  • James Ellis, Journal of His Majesty’s Convict Ship Diana, J. Ellis Surgeon, between  the 29th day of October 1832 and the 19th June 1833, Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Medical Journals (ADM 101, 804 bundles and volumes). Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies, (The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey).
  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.


# Convict

# English

# Trial Place: Lancaster Quarter Sessions

# Punishment: Fourteen Years Transportation

# Parramatta Female Factory