Mary Walton

Convict woman incarcerated in the Parramatta Female Factory.

  • Further research required to determine if “Mary Ann/e Walton” and “Mary Walton” featured in multiple offences between 1825, 1826, and 1830 are all the same person.

Police Reports

JANUARY 6. — MARY ANN WALTON, prisoner of the crown, charged with stealing a red shawl and a black lace square from MARY ROBERTS. Convicted and sentenced to the Factory for 6 months.

See Original: “POLICE REPORT,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Thursday 13 January 1825, p.2

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JULY 26. — MARY ANN WALTON, prisoner of the crown, was charged by her master, with having stolen from him a gold breast-pin, set round with pearls. The property was discovered in the box of a prisoner of the crown, to whom the fair delinquent presented it as a token of remembrance. There were other charges against the prisoner of neglect of work, and harbouring men in her master’s house at late hours in the night. She was sentenced to the Factory, to be confined in a solitary cell there, on bread and water for the first fourteen days, and to remain for the term of twelve months restricted to that Establishment.

See Original: “POLICE REPORT,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Thursday 4 August 1825, p.3

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MARY WALTON, 14 years, servant to JAMES WALTON of Parramatta, was ordered to be turned into the Factory; her master having allowed her to leave his service.

See Original:Police Reports. SYDNEY,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Saturday 23 September 1826, p.3

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PUBLIC NOTICE…The Tickets of Leave granted to the following Persons have been cancelled: —

Mary Ann (3), MARY WALTON, for being absent from her Service without Leave.

By Command of His Excellency the Governor,


Colonial Secretary’s Office, July 24, 1830

See Original:Classified Advertising,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Tuesday 27 July 1830, p.2

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MARY ANN WALTON was brought before their Worships, and charged that she had been found, contrary to the wish of her master, in the sleeping apartments of one Mr. DAY, during the night of Wednesday the 13th October instant. She had been deprived of her ticket of leave and returned to the factory on a somewhat similar charge, on a former occasion, Mr. DAY being a married man, altho’ in sort “put asunder.” She bears the name of a very useful servant in every capacity, save one, and to that she seemed anxiously to adhere; to wit, that of a wet nurse, but she had ventured illegally and in an erroneous quarter to accomplish her end, so that she entertains no hope of realizing her aim, but is certain of punishment. Sentence—one month in class No. 3 in the Factory.

THE KING v. DAY: — CONSTANTINE MOLLOY, a constable, deposed that he received information that MARY ANN WALTON was harboured in the lodgings of JOSEPH DAY, dealer and chapman, Windsor; that he detected, and apprehended her on the spot, and that she was a prisoner illegally “under his protection.” The Bench called another witness to establish the charge more fully, as the prisoner had a pass from her master to proceed to a particular house, a respectable inn in the town, but she had infringed this liberty, and had escorted her paramour to his lodgings for his better safety, for he was tipsey at the time. JOE DAY then said, “the girl (38 years old) was at my house, gentlemen, — I would not tell a falsity — I’ve no room to deny it — I’ll speak from my conscience — the girl was there — and there all the night — and should to-morrow night, if came again.” It was evident there was a penchant for “the girl,” encouraged in a manner not strictly legal, and Mr. DAY’s defence seemed as if he were anxious the world should know he had yet the powers of love and constancy within his breast. Fined fifty dollars for harbouring, and one for employing MARY WALTON on his business, on the premises. No costs.

See Original: “Useful Servants,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Friday 26 November 1830, p.5


# Convict

# Repeat Offender

# Year: 1825

# Year: 1826

# Year: 1830