RICE, Ellen (1820-1860)

The lady in the long flowing gown was born in County Cork, Ireland.

Ellen nee NOWLAND (NEWLAND) was convicted at the Old Bailey on 3rd April 1837, for theft (simple larceny).

ELLEN NEWLAND was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of March, 3 1/2 yards of merino, value 6s, the goods of Thomas Reed and another; and that she had been before convicted of felony.

JAMES ROBERTS: I live in Farringdon-street, and am in the employ of Thomas Reed and his partner. On the 28th of March, the prisoner came for a common calico, about 3 1/2 d. or 4d. a yard – she asked me to cut her off a yard – in the mean time I perceived her putting something under her clothes, that she had taken off the counter – I rolled up the calico – she was going to receive her halfpence, and I told her to give up that which she had got under her clothes – she threw this merino on the ground, and ran out immediately – this is it – I had not sold it her – I picked it up, and immediately ran after her – I overtook her just as she was going into Field-lane, and brought her back – she begged me to forgive her.

Prisoner’s Defence: My mother sent me out to gut a yard of calico – I was coming out – I do not know but I might knock the merino down, but I had not got it Witness. She had got nearly out when she threw it down, and ran out, and left her calico and halfpence – it was about half a yard from the counter – I saw her throw it down plainly.

THOMAS BOYLE: I produce a certificate of the prisoner’s former conviction, from Mr. Clark’s office – (read) – she is the girl.

GUILTY. Aged 14 – Transported for Fourteen Years.

Source: https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=def1-1042-18370403&div=t18370403-1042#highlight

Ellen left England on the ‘Henry Wellesley” 17th July 1837 and arrived in the colony in Cecember 1837. The ship’s Convict Muster Roll states that she was sentenced to seven years transportation.

Ellen was granted permission to marry Thomas PRICE on 26th May 1838.

She received her Certificate of Freedom on 13th November 1845.

3 children of the marriage:

  • John born 1839
  • Thomas born 1842
  • James born 1844

Ellen Price died on 28th June 1869 from the effects of intemperance. (NSW Coroners’ Inquest 29th June 1869)

Sources: ancestry.com.au, State Records of NSW