Mary Dignum

Convict woman incarcerated at the Parramatta Female Factory. Most likely Mary or “Margaret Kennedy,” a spinner and servant who went by the alias Mary Dignus. She was convicted at Westmeath, Ireland in 1819 and transported for seven years per Janus (1820).


Names

  • Alternate: Mary Kennedy
  • Alternate: Margaret Kennedy

Police Reports

MARY DIGNUM, was charged that she had absented herself from her master’s service since Sunday last. Love, the little rogue, had for some time been nestling in the bosom of MARY, so she threw herself into the arms of several of the sons of Neptune on the north shore. She might well have sung

“I love my loves because I know my loves love me.”

The enchanting moments glided swiftly away, and she was at length brought before their Worships, who ordered her to the 3d class in the factory.

See Original:Police Reports,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Saturday 2 December 1826, p.3


Sources

  • Mary or Margaret Kennedy” in Peter Mayberry, Irish Convicts to New South Wales, 1788-1849, accessed online 2 March 2017
  • Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Saturday 2 December 1826, p.3

Lists

# Convict

# Irish

# Ship: Janus (1820)

# Second Female Factory

# Year: 1826

# Third Class