Mary Robinson (1797 - 1850)

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Birthplace: On board a ship, Port Jackson, NSW, Australia
Death: Died in Sutton Forest, NSW, Australia
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From Archives Reel 2166 Co. Sec. Letters & Petitions Recevied 1820. 4/1746 N.S.W. Colonial Sec. (2nd Vol. on reel).

In-letters Bundle 14. No. 83-116. Pt. 1. 1820.

p. 254. 28 April, 1820. No. 1:-

The information of Thomas Prentice, a free man, taken upon oath before Mr. Howe Esq. J.P. states as follows:-

"I reside in the dwelling of John Waite in said Dsitrict. That on Wednesday night the 29th day of March, about the hour of twelve of the clock I was alarmed by the cries of Mrs. Waite calling me by name on which I rose making my way towards her Bed Room. I was suddenly attacked in the passage leading to her Room by two men, one armed with a Bludgeon and the other with an axe. I received a blow in the back of the head by the man that had the bludgeon, that fell me to the ground he repeated his blows during three or four minutes at the same time calling to the other man to cut my head off with the axe a third man coming up desired those two others not to ill use the man. They then desired me to get up I requested then to let me remain where I was they insisted on me getting up accordingly I did and was surprised to find a man stand by me with a rusty bayonet in his hand who insisted to know where the other fellow was meaning John Robinson who followed me on the first alarm and on my being knocked down he ran for assistance. I told this robber that it was one of my sons about 12 years of age who ran away with fear. He insisted upon my calling him which I did but no one appeared. He then ordered me to follow him, about the space of 10 yards but being fatigued I sat down upon some ?stair. The man with the bayonet standing over me repeatedly threatened to run me through if I did not tell him who the man was that was out. I still asserted it was only my son upon which he desired me to get up and he marched me before him to the Mill House where two young men, Thomas & Jasper Wilmot were confined to their beds and a man standing outside of the door with a Pistol presented to the door and fastened it outside. While inside I heard a voice supposing to be one of those men demanding money from Mrs. Waite who slept in the adjoining room. She denies that she had. The same voice demanded if she had any tobacco or rum. She replied no, he said he was certain she had. I then heard a different voice saying I may be damned but I will have something and said he would not come there for nothing and in a severe tone demanded where her money was. She told him she had but one Guinea in the house and that was in the small Box within the larger Box and in a minute or two I heard him say I have got it he said to a man in the inside I may be damned if I have got half a mind to blow your brains out for saying there was no money at the same time I have found some. Sworn the above the 28th day of April 1820".

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p.256. N 3.

"Thomas Wilmot being duly sworn and examined states - that on the night of 29th March last about 12 of the clock three men entered my bedroom being the Mill House adjoining John Waite's house, being all under one roof. I spoke to them when one struck me a violent blow on the face whilst I lay in bed with my brother. One of the three men said do not kill him but said lay still else I will blow your brains out, he had a pistol in his hand. They then all three went out leaving the man with the pistol in charge of us at the door who kept saying lay still or I will blow your heads off. I heard some of the robbers in Mrs. Waite's room and one of them said where is Mrs. Waite, pronouncing the word Mistress particularly distinct. After they had finished the robbery part of them went away saying to two whom they left, stop you there till we are gone which the two men did who were armed with a gun and pistol.

Sworn the above this 29th of Arpil 1820".

Signed: Thos (his X mark) Wilmot.

"Mrs. Mary Waite, having come before me states on her oath that on the night of the 29th March last about 12 o'clock I was awakened and heard the door open and a man's voice call Hallo and directly a noise like a blow given in the adjoining room where Thomas Wilmot and his brother slept this being the Mill House. I then called for mercy don't kill anyone. A man came up to the bedroom window outside and said Mrs. Waite I am not come to harm you or your children. I called my Father and said some man was killing Tom Wilmot. My Father opened the door and looked out, when a man outside said the old man you put your head ? in again else I will do your ???. My father sat down on his own bedside then one man came into my room instantly laid his hands upon the musket in the corner, as if he had well known where it was, and handed it out to another man, he then returned into the room but immediately went back and another came up he asked where the master of the house was and came to my bedside saying you are going away and you have got money in your chest. He then walked out and another came in with a pistol asking for rum and tobacco. Do you think I am going away without anything. He held the pistol up and asked for money. I told him I had only one Guinea. He then went to my box and took out the Guinea and a quantity of clothes, he then went with the clothes out of doors.

Sworn the above before me the 28th day of April 1820

Signed: Mary (her X mark) Waite.

The following is an extract from the Sydney Gazette 9th December 1820:-

"John Sullivan, Michael Tracey, George Spencer, Thomas Givney and Mary Givney were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Waite. The 4 male prisoners were adjudged guilty, and remanded for sentence. Mary Givney was acquitted".

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Mary Robinson's Timeline

1797
March 10, 1797
Port Jackson, NSW, Australia
April 16, 1797
Sydney, NSW, Australia
1812
April 14, 1812
Age 15
Windsor, NSW, Australia
October 10, 1812
Age 15
Glenfield, NSW, Australia
1814
July 15, 1814
Age 17
Minto, NSW, Australia
1816
August 27, 1816
Age 19
Minto, NSW, Australia
1818
December 27, 1818
Age 21
Minto, NSW, Australia
1821
May 5, 1821
Age 24
Sutton Forest, NSW, Australia
1822
November 17, 1822
Age 25
Sutton Forest, NSW, Australia
1824
August 5, 1824
Age 27
Sutton Forest, NSW, Australia