Ann Parker1

#11395, (July 1785-4 November 1862)
Last Edited9 May 2020
Ann Parker (from the Reg Murray Collection)
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Ann Parker was born in July 1785 at Whitechapel, London.2 She was baptized at St. Andrew Holborn on Sunday, 24 July 1785 at London.2

However, only Mary was found guilty and was convicted for transportation with a sentence of 7 years.3 Ann Parker was transported to Sydney on the 'HMS Glatton' arriving 11 March 1803.4,5,6

By 1806, aged about 20, Mary had a ticket of leave and was living with a William Hembridge / Hambridge / Ambridge, aged about 28.3

Her time had expired by 1 June 1808.3

Circa 1810, Kennedy Murray and Ann Parker began a relationship.3 She was given her certificate of Freedom on 1 June 1810.3 Ann and Kennedy lived in 1814 at Windsor, New South Wales. They were living "off stores" with two children.3

Ann Parker married Kennedy Murray, son of John Murray and Elizabeth Calder, at St. Philips on Monday, 14 March 1814 at Sydney, New South Wales. They were 28 and 42 respectively. This was a wattle and daub church, burned down in 1798.7,8

By 1823 (but perhaps early as 1820), Ann was admitted to the Castle Hill lunatic asylum, in Sydney; it is thought she suffered from epilepsy.9,10,3

Kennedy and Ann Four children of Kennedy and Ann were admitted to an Male Orphan School at Cabramatta on 22 October 1823:
Resolved that the four children of Murray aged from 3 to 10 years whose mother died insane at Castle Hill, and whose father is stated to be now insane be admitted into the school

However, it is almost certain that Ann wasn't dead and that there is no record that Kennedy was ever admitted to the asylum. The oldest son John probably remained with his father.9,11

She was transferred to at Gladesville Hospital for the Insane in the Sydney suburb of Lilyfield (then named Tarban Creek Asylum) in 1838.3

She was described in 1844 as "harmless" and a prisoner, although this was incorrect.3 She was reputedly the longest asylum resident in NSW with a stay in excess of 40 years.12

Ann may have died on 4 November 1862 at Parramatta Lunatic Asylum, in Parramatta, New South Wales, at age 77 Ann spent 42 years and 3 days in a psychiatric hospital.13,2,14,15

Ann may have died in 1874 at the Sydney suburb of Parramatta.16

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1785BirthWhitechapel, London2
1785BaptismSt. Andrew Holborn, London2
Note memo only CR CR3
1803Convict-TransSydney4,5,6
1806Note memo only CR CR3
1808Note memo only CR CR3
1810Note memo only CR CR3
1810Note memo only3
1814ResidenceWindsor, New South Wales3
1814MarriageSt. Philips, in Sydney, New South Wales7,8
1823Note memo only CR CRCastle Hill lunatic asylum, in Sydney9,10,3
1823Quotation type 19,11
1838Note memo only CR CR at Gladesville Hospital for the Insane in the Sydney suburb of Lilyfield3
1844Note memo only CR CR3
Note memo only12
1862Death-CandidateParramatta Lunatic Asylum, in Parramatta, New South Wales13,2,14,15
1874Death-Candidatethe Sydney suburb of Parramatta16

Family

Kennedy Murray (24 Aug 1771-18 Jun 1853)
Children

Citations

  1. [S447] Australian Royalty (https://australianroyalty.net.au/) http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty/…
  2. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/31017767/person/…
  3. [S1151] Convict Records (https://convictrecords.com.au/) https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/parker/ann/105267 (based on research done Robin Sharkey).
  4. [S1123] People Australia (http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/) http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/…
  5. [S1122] Diana Kupke Writes (https://www.dianakupke.com.au/page6g.php) Kennedy Murray - Convict from Scotland to Norfolk Island - https://www.dianakupke.com.au/page6g.php
  6. [S1150] Australian Government, Archives, various Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, p.324 (record not directly seen).
  7. [S1122] Diana Kupke Writes (https://www.dianakupke.com.au/page6g.php) Kennedy Murray - Convict from Scotland to Norfolk Island - https://www.dianakupke.com.au/page6g.php (for exact church).
  8. [S447] Australian Royalty (https://australianroyalty.net.au/) http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty/…
  9. [S1118] Special Broadcasting Service, Who Do You Think You Are? S10E08 Rodget Corser, Television production, [39:50].
  10. [S1123] People Australia (http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/) http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/…
  11. [S1122] Diana Kupke Writes (https://www.dianakupke.com.au/page6g.php) Kennedy Murray - Convict from Scotland to Norfolk Island - https://www.dianakupke.com.au/page6g.php (for which orphanage).
  12. [S1147] E-mails from Jan Reilly to Tim Hill, 2020- 29 Apr 2020, 09:57 - 'ThoseBefore.com - Kennedy Murray.'
  13. [S622] New South Wales, Australia, Convict Death Register, 1826-1879 Ancestry.com, Convict Death Register. Series 12213, SR Reel 690 - Ann Parker.
  14. [S1118] Special Broadcasting Service, Who Do You Think You Are? S10E08 Rodget Corser, Television production, [41:50].
  15. [S1147] E-mails from Jan Reilly to Tim Hill, 2020- 4 May 2020, 13:04 - 'RE: ThoseBefore.com - Kennedy Murray' (attachments).
  16. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1874 No.7103 (Index only).
  17. [S823] E-mails from Colin Rowley to Tim Hill (e-mail address), 2014- 'Kennedy Murray family' - 25 December 2017 at 00:02.