Mary Rice (c.1786–1830)

MARY RICE was a convict tried and convicted at the Old Bailey, London, for theft and transported per Sovereign (2) (1829). MARY RICE died in the Parramatta Female Factory, age 43, and was buried in an unmarked grave in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta, exact location unknown.


  • Alternate: Mary Waring


  • Born: c. 1786
  • Tried and convicted for theft: 15 January 1829, Old Bailey, London, England
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation: 1829, Old Bailey, London, England
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Sovereign (2): 23 April 1829, Downs
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Sovereign (2): 3 August 1829, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Died: c. 25 June 1830, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Buried: 25 June 1830, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta

Burial Location

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


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)


  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 7.2, 16 November 2016), 15 January 1829, trial of MARY RICE (t18290115-1), accessed 16 November 2016
  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • The Digital Panopticon (, version 1.1), Mary Rice Life Archive (ID: obpt18290115-1-defend104), accessed 12 October 2018.


# Convict

# Trial Place: Old Bailey

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Ship: Sovereign (2) (1829)

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Death Place: Parramatta Female Factory

# Burial Year: 1830

# Grave: unmarked