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Details for the convict Mary Reid (1836)

Convict Name:Mary Reid
Trial Place:Antrim
Trial Date:1835
Arrival Details
Ship:Pyramus (2)
Arrival Year:1836
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Mary Reid - Convict Indent
(NSW State Records Office Fiche: 720, Page: 239, Film: 908, Shelf: x638-9)

Mary arrived in Sydney on 14 Dec 1836 on board the Pyramus when she was 17 years old. She was listed as single and a Protestant who could read and write. Her native place was Down, Belfast and she was able to do "all work". She was tried in Antrim, Ireland for stealing a tub, and received a sentence of seven years. She is listed as having served 6 years of a former conviction of 7 years at Downpatrick.

She was 4 ft 10.75 inches tall in 1836, with a ruddy and freckled complexion, with brown hair and grey to blue eyes. She had lost a front upper tooth and had a horizontal scar on the right side of her forehead.

The Convicts Ships Muster (State Records Reel 2426, shelf 2/8274, p 233) of 19 August 1836 lists the Pyramus as having 120 female convicts and 15 children of convicts, 6 free women and 12 children over 10 years and five children under 10 years, a total of 160 parties.

Folio 3: Title page: Copy of Daily Sick Book, Pyramus Convict Ship, for 19 August to 29 December 1836.

Folios 4-7: Daily sick book (names and details follow). Note on inside cover that about 25 of the seamen required medical advice:

Folio 4: M Reid, aged 15, prisoner; disease or hurt, nausea. Put on sick list, 21 August 1836. Discharged 25 August 1836 to duty

Muster Sydney 1836

Mary was assigned to Elias Ellis (see below) and his wife Rebecca who lived on the corner of Pitt and King Streets Sydney.

In the convict muster of NSW 1837, Mary Reid, aged 17 of the Pyramus (1836) and regarded as capable of all work was shown as having Elias Ellis and his wife Rebecca of Pitt Street, Sydney a licensed Hotelier as her master.

On her Marriage Certificate to Henry Fullam her surname was spelt as Reed.

A Note from her master at the time of her marriage [SR Reel 734 4/2391.5]:
Sydney April 16-1838

I do give leave to my assigned servant Mary Reed to get married to James Connolly if a free man.
Israel Soloman
George Street
Israel Soloman PUBLICAN'S LICENSES. Crooked Billet Hotel, George Street
The Crooked Billet Hotel, one of Sydney's earlist Hotels stood on the corner of Queen's Place and George Street. on the site present day Star Hotel

SMH 13 September 1848
THAT well-known and old established Public House, the Crooked Billet. The house has been recently repaired, and is in excellent condition.
The bar is fitted up in good style, with spirit fountain and beer engine, with taps, pipes and
kegs complete, water fountain, and gas fittings, and all the usual matters connected with tile
business. The present proprietor being about to retire from the retail trade. Parties wish-
ing to enter the business will find this an advantageous concern. For particulars apply on
the premises.
List of persons applying for the Publication of Banns at the Roman Catholic Church Hyde Park - 20 April 1838
James Connolly alias Henry Fulham (Fallain) 22 Bachelor Hercules 1830 7 years free by servitude
Mary Reed (Reid) 19 Spinster Pyramus(2) 1836 7 years Bond assigned to Mr Solomon - Allowed

Marriage: NSW BDM V1838433 126/1838 Henry Fulham to Mary Reed in Sydney, St Marys, Roman Catholic

Mary Reid's Certificate of Freedom (SR. Ref 4/4376. Film 1012) No. 42/1609 was issued on 15 September 1842. This also confirmed that she arrived on the Pyramus in 1836 from her native place of Belfast. She was listed as a servant.

Mary's second daughter Sarah was born at Glendon Esatate Hunter River in 1840 it is likely that Mary spent some time during her sentance on this propert o
Submitted by Researcher (Graeme Keeley) on 26 June 2019

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