Rosannah Crawshaw

ROSANNAH CRAWSHAW was a convict woman who was tried and convicted at the Lancaster Quarter Sessions on 9 April 1832 and sentenced to seven years transportation per Fanny II (1833).

In the colony, ROSANNAH was a frequent inmate of Sydney Gaol and the Parramatta Female Factory. In September 1835, she gave birth to twins at the Factory’s lying-in hospital: ISABELLA CRAWSHAW and JOHN CRAWSHAW. Both children died within days of each other at around seven weeks old.


Names

  • Alternate: ROSANNA CRAWSHAW
  • Alternate: ROSANNA CODENSHAW (c.f. daughter’s burial record)

Timeline

  • Born: Manchester, England
  • Tried and convicted: 9 April 1832, Lancaster Quarter Sessions
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation: 1832, Lancaster, England
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Fanny II: 29 July 1832, Downs
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Fanny II: 2 February 1833, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Admitted to gaol: 1833, Sydney Gaol
  • Absconded from the service of her assigned master Mr. WILLIAMS of Sussex Street: 18 May 1834, Sydney, New South Wales (c.f. Law Report of ROSANNAH CRAWSHAW, 24 May 1834)
  • Admitted to gaol: 22 May 1834, Sydney Gaol
  • Sentenced to the third class of the Parramatta Female Factory for 52 days: 22 May 1834, Sydney Police Office
  • Transferred to Factory: 23 May 1834, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Admitted to gaol: 1835, Sydney Gaol
  • Twins ISABELLA and JOHN born: c. September 1835, lying-in hospital, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Daughter ISABELLA died: c. 8 November 1835, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Daughter ISABELLA buried: 8 November 1835, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta
  • Son JOHN died: c. 15 November 1835, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Son JOHN buried: 15 November 1835, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta

Occupation

  • Nursemaid
  • Servant

Religion

  • Catholic

Description

  • Height: Five feet and ¼ inches
  • Make: Stout
  • Complexion: Ruddy, freckled, arms freckled
  • Hair: Sandy / Auburn / brown
  • Eyes: Blue / grey
  • General remarks: nose thick

Sources

  • New South Wales Government, Entrance books [Sydney Gaol], Series: 2514, Reel 852, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Description books [Sydney Gaol], Series 2517, Reels 855-856, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Classified Advertising,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Saturday 24 May 1834, p. 4.

Lists

# Convict

# English

# Trial Place: Lancaster Quarter Sessions

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Repeat Offender