Catherine Smith (c.1802-n.d.)

Catherine Smith was a convict woman born in Bengal and possibly of Anglo-Bengali ethnicity. Smith was convicted in England for “false pretences” and sentenced to seven years transportation on board the Diana (1833). In the colony, Smith was found guilty of secondary offences and sentenced to the Parramatta Female Factory on multiple occasions.


Names

  • Alternate: Catherine Ryder
  • Alternate: Catherine Rider
  • Alternate: Catherine Fagan
  • Alternate: Catherine Fagin
  • Alternate: Catherine Fegan

Relationships

  • Partner in Crime: Mary Miller (alias Anne West)
  • Spouse of James Ryder: convict per Andromeda (1833) (alias James Rider)
  • Spouse of James Fagan: convict per Blenheim (1839) (alias James Fagin, James Fegan)

Positions

  • Convict on Diana (14 November 1832 – 25 May 1833)
  • Convict at Parramatta Female Factory

Occupations

  • Soldier’s wife (unverified)
  • Convict
  • Laundress
  • Housemaid

Multimedia


Sources

  • Advertising,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), 1 August 1842, p.4.
  • Classified Advertising,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Thursday 30 May 1833, p.1
  • Classified Advertising,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Tuesday 17 June 1834, p.4
  • Government Gazette Notices,” New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW: 1832 – 1900), Wednesday 5 April 1837 [Issue No.270], p.292
  • Home Office: Settlers and Convicts, New South Wales and Tasmania, HO10, Piece 35, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England).
  • Home Office: Convict Transportation Registers, Class HO11, Piece 8, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England)
  • Home Office: Criminal Registers, Middlesex and Home Office: Criminal Registers, England and Wales, Series HO 27/ 44, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England), p.127
  • Home Office, Settlers and Convicts, New South Wales and Tasmania, HO 10, Piece 30, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England)
  • New South Wales Government, Annotated printed indents (i.e., office copies), NRS 12189, Item [X635], Microfiche 707, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia)
  • New South Wales Government, Bound manuscript indents, 1788–1842, NRS 12188, Microfiche 685
  • New South Wales Government, Description Book [Berrima, 1840-1847], NRS 2017, Reel 1873, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia), Gaol No. 359, p.22
  • New South Wales Government, Entrance Book [Berrima, 1840-1847], NRS 2017, Reel 1873, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia), Gaol No. 179, p.12
  • 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, Entrance books [Sydney Gaol], Series 2514, Reel 853, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia)
  • New South Wales Government, Description books [Sydney Gaol], Series 2517, Reel 855, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia)
  • New South Wales Government, Description books [Sydney Gaol], Series 2517, Reel 856, Gaol No. 509, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia)
  • New South Wales Government, Registers of convicts’ applications to marry, Series 12212, Item 4/4512 (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia), p.135
  • New South Wales Government, Registers of convicts’ applications to marry, Series 12212, Item 4/4514, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia), p.107
  • Parish Marriage Registers, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
  • Police Incidents,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Thursday 24 April 1834, p.2
  • “Quarter Sessions,” Hereford Journal (Hereford, England), Wednesday 24 October 1832, p.2 accessed online at British Newspaper Archive, http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/, 4 April 2017

Lists

# Convict

# Sentence: 7 Years Transportation

# Ship: Diana (1833)

# Second Female Factory

# Repeat Offender