Mary Duncan (1809–)

MARY DUNCAN was an Irish convict who was tried and convicted in Dublin, Ireland in 1829 for stealing glassware and was sentenced to seven years transportation per Forth II (1830).

In the colony, MARY was an inmate of the Parramatta Female Factory. She gave birth to a daughter, CLARA DUNCAN around April 1833, but CLARA died at the Parramatta Female Factory and was buried in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta on 3 October 1833, with a recorded age of six months old. The child’s father’s name was not recorded in the burial register.


  • Alias: MARY O’BRIEN


  • Born: 1809, Contae Uíbh Fhailí (County Offaly, formerly Kings County), Ireland
  • Tried and convicted for stealing glassware: 29 September 1829, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation: 1829, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Forth II: 3 June 1830, Cork, Ireland
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Forth II: 12 October 1830, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Daughter CLARA DUNCAN born: c. April 1833
  • Daughter CLARA DUNCAN died: c. 3 October 1833, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Daughter CLARA DUNCAN buried: 3 October 1833, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta


  • Bonnet maker
  • Needlewoman
  • Convict


  • Catholic


  • Prior convictions: two



# Convict

# Irish

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Ship: Forth II (1830)

# Parramatta Female Factory