Sarah Duinan (1792–1830)

SARAH DUINAN was an Irish convict tried and convicted of stealing a suit at Leitrim, Ireland in 1827 and sentenced to seven years transportation per Elizabeth II (1828). At the time of her conviction SARAH was married to a soldier in the 88th Regiment and had two children.

In the colony, SARAH was incarcerated in the Parramatta Female Factory where she died, aged 38. On 27 March 1830 she was buried in an unmarked grave in the parish of St. John’s Parramatta, exact location unknown.


  • Alternate: SARAH JOHNSON
  • Alternate: SARAH JOHNSTON


  • Born: c.1792, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Tried and convicted of stealing a suit: 1827, Leitrim, Ireland
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Elizabeth II: 27 August 1827, Cork, Ireland
  • Arrived in New South Wales per Elizabeth II: 12 January 1828, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Died: c. 27 March 1830 at Parramatta Female Factory
  • Buried: 27 March 1830 at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Burial Location

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


  • House maid
  • Nursery woman


  • Prior convictions: two


  • Catholic


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)



# Convict

# Irish

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Ship: Elizabeth II (1828)

# Parramatta Female Factory

# Place of Death: Parramatta Female Factory

# Burial Year: 1830

# Grave: unmarked