Rebecca is one of my 'hard to find out anything about' convicts. All I
know is that her native place was county Donegal in Ireland. She was
Presbyterian and could read a little. She was convicted of stealing
wearing apparel. It was her first conviction and Sarah STEELE (?) was also
on board for the same offence. She was an exemplary convict according to the
Her description says she was 5 feet 1 inch tall, age 17, with a fair
complexion, large head and mouth, small nose and chin, brown hair and eyebrows,
blue eyes, an oval visage and high forehead.
She was tried at Donegal on 1 January 1847 and departed Dublin on the ship Waverley
3 on 19 July 1847. On arrival in Van Diemens Land on 25 October 1847, she
was assigned to the ship Anson which was moored in the Derwent
River. After 6 months she was given 3rd class status, her ticket of leave
on 2 July 1850 and her certificate of freedom 3 January 1854. Marriage to John
ENGLAND was approved on 20 September 1854 and they did the deed on 16
October 1854 at St Georges Church, Battery Point, Hobart.
John and Rebecca's family