Mary Ann Player (1840–1842)

MARY ANN PLAYER was the child of Female Factory prisoner ELIZABETH ROPE and, possibly also her husband THOMAS PLAYER. The father’s identity is in question as ELIZABETH was living with her partner EDWARD SULLIVAN at the time of her daughter’s birth. As the baby was so young, she seems to have gone to the Female Factory with her mother when ELIZABETH was sentenced to nine calendar months hard labour at the factory, as MARY ANN’s baptism was clearly recorded as a Factory baptism. MARY ANN died at the Parramatta Female Factory, aged two, and was buried in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta.


Names

  • MARY ANN ROPE (c.f. burial record)

Timeline

  • Born: 4 November 1840, Nepean River, New South Wales
  • Mother ELIZABETH ANN ROPE tried and convicted of larceny: 10 February 1841
  • Mother sentenced to nine calendar months of hard labour at the Parramatta Female Factory: 10 February 1841
  • Mother and presumably also MARY ANN incarcerated at Windsor Gaol: 18 February 1841
  • Transferred with mother ELIZABETH to Parramatta Female Factory at some stage between 18 February 1841 and MARY ANN’s baptism in March, as the baptism was recorded as a Female Factory baptism.
  • Baptised: 28 March 1841, St. John’s Church, Parramatta
  • Died: 25 August 1842, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Buried: 26 August 1842, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta

Burial Location

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

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

  • Parish Baptism Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

Lists

# Child

# Prisoner’s Child

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Baptism Place: St. John’s Church, Parramatta

# Death Place: Parramatta Female Factory

# Burial Year: 1842

# Burial Place: St. John’s Parish, Parramatta

# Grave: unmarked