Mary Welsh

Convict woman, transported per Mariner (2) (1825) who was incarcerated on a number of occasions in the Parramatta Female Factory.

There were two convict women recorded with the same name on the Mariner (2) (1825). Further research is needed to differentiate between the two and identify the correct “Mary Welsh / Walsh.”

(1) Mary Walsh, an 18-year-old sews washer from Dublin who was transported for stealing muslin.

(2) Mary Walsh, a 26-year-old house maid from Queens Co. sentenced at Clonmel Tipperary Co. for stealing cotton.


  • Alternate: Mary Walsh [Source: Irish Convicts to NSW]
  • Alternate: Mary Welch [see: Police Reports]

Police Reports

MARY WELCH, prisoner of the crown, having absconded from the service she had been assigned to, since Sunday last, and found this morning by the constables under the authority of a search warrant, in the house of a tradesman in Pitt-street, was ordered to the 2d class of prisoners at the Factory, and the tradesman to be summoned to answer for having harboured her, in violation of the Act of Council No. 3

See Original: “POLICE REPORT,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Thursday 29 December 1825, p.3

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MARY WELSH, per Mariner, a prison for seven years, government servant to Mrs. Wylde, was found guilty of leaving her service, without permission, and of peremtorily [sic] refusing to return. She stated that she had no fault to find but had taken a dislike to the place which caused her to leave it. Ordered for one month to the third class at the Factory, and to be returned to service.

See Original: “POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Wednesday 26 July 1826, p.4

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MARY WELCH, Government servant to Mrs. WYLDE, was brought forward on Tuesday last upon returning home after a month’s seclusion in the Factory, for behaving in a riotous and improper manner, and being highly elevated from drinking. — The forlorn maid was sentenced to another seclusion of two months among the third class of Factory ladies.

THOMAS GROVER, the Government servant of Mrs. WYLDE, being ordered by his mistress to go to the Factory and bring home MARY WELCH, was charged with not only allowing MARY WELCH to get drunk,  but also himself — thus inducing insolence, and riotous behaviour  — sentenced 14 days to the treadmill.

See Original:POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Saturday 26 August 1826, p.3


  • Peter Mayberry, Irish Convicts to New South Wales, 1788-1849, accessed online 25 February 2017
  • Trove


# Convict

# Ship: Mariner (2) (1825)

# Repeat Offender

# Year: 1825

# Year: 1826