Mary Banks

Convict woman transported per Aeolus (1809), repeatedly incarcerated at both the Factory Above the Gaol and the Parramatta Female Factory.


Names

  • Alias: Rosannah Smith

Timeline

  • Entered Sydney Gaol: 7 February 1820. Sent to Factory 1 month. [see Year: 1820]
  • Entered Sydney Gaol: 5 January 1821 [see Year: 1821]
  • Sent to Factory: 6 months hard labour, 5 January 1821 [see Year: 1821]
  • Entered Sydney Gaol:“Rogue, Vagabond, Prostitute, & threat to society.” 6 months hard labour Factory, 5 May 1823
  • Sent to Factory: 6 May 1823

Police Reports

ROSANNAH SMITH, alias MARY BANKS, was indicted for assaulting WILLIAM SCOTT with a razor, with intent to kill and murder. Guilty — 6 months hard labour at the Factory.

See Original: “CRIMINAL COURT,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Thursday 1 May 1823, p.2

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MARY BANKES and ELIZABETH MCDONALL, free, were severally charged on oath, with being found in the street, at a late hour of the night, in a drunken, riotous, and disorderly state, and as old offenders, and notorious prostitutes, were ordered to be each publicly exposed in the stocks for two hours.

See Original: “POLICE REPORT,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842) Thursday 30 June 1825, p.3

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NOVEMBER 9 — MARY BANKES, free, who had been brought up for five successive days, on charges of drunkenness and disorder, was this day disposed of by being ordered to the Factory.

See Original: “POLICE REPORT,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Thursday 17 November 1825, p.3

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MARY BANKES, free, for the past six months has repeatedly appeared before the Bench under charges of drunkenness and disorder, was this morning introduced again to the police, having been found at a late hour drunk and riotous in the street. Ordered to the full extent of period of punishment in the stocks, and sentenced to be exposed there for 6 hours.

See Original: “THE POLICE,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Wednesday 12 April 1826, p.3

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MARY BANKES, free, an old offender, found lying drunk in the streets; sentenced for 3 hours in the stocks.

See Original: “POLICE REPORTS,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Saturday 29 July 1826, p.3

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MARY BANKES, free, an incorrigible offender, repeatedly found drunk in the streets at all hours, and on whom the punishment of a seat in the stocks for two hours had proved ineffectual in reforming her, was this day, on a similar charge, sentenced to be exposed for 6 hours in the stocks.

See Original: Manifests,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Saturday 5 August 1826, p.3

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MARY BANKES, free, who had appeared at this office several times within the last six weeks, on charges of drunkenness and disorderly conduct, being deemed a rogue and vagabond, under the Act, was sentenced to the Factory for 6 weeks.

See Original: “Police Reports. SYDNEY,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Saturday 19 August 1826, p.3

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MARY BANKS, a free woman, was again brought up, for at least the fiftieth time (so the chief constable reported, within the last twelve months), upon a charge of drunkenness and riotous conduct, in the public streets. She was sentenced to become an inmate of the Factory for three months.

See Original: “POLICE INCIDENTS,”The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Saturday 28 October 1826, p.3

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MARY BANKS, who finished a three months’s sojourn in the Factory on Thursday, was apprehended on Saturday night, in George-street, and brought before the Bench on a charge of being drunk and disorderly. The discipline of the penitentiary seemed to have had no effect upon Mary. She did not appear to be provided with a home, nor any means of living save by her old pranks, and so she was returned to the Factory for three months more.

See Original: “Police Report. SYDNEY,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Wednesday 31 January 1827 p.3


Lists

# Convict

# Second Female Factory

# Repeat Offender

# Year: 1820

# Year: 1821

# Year: 1823

# Year: 1825

# Year: 1826