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Catherine Hounsom (c. 1757–?)

Catherine Hounsom (c.1757- ) was found guilty at the May 1788 Old Bailey Sessions of the theft of a silver spoon. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she remained at Newgate Gaol until she embarked for New South Wales on the Lady Juliana in March 1789, arriving in Sydney in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Hounsom married Thomas Deveny at Parramatta on 17 July 1791. Following her husband's death in 1795 she successfully managed their farm and by mid 1799 had 50 acres sown in wheat and 23 in maize. In May 1801 she assigned the farm to Messrs Larra and Hassall to secure a debt. In 1814 she was mustered as Catherine Hounsom, widow, of the Parramatta district.  She was recorded as Catherine Ounslow, living at Parramatta, in 1822; as Catherine Houndson, a shopkeeper at Parramatta in 1825 and as Catherine Ounslow, a housekeeper at Parramatta in 1828.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 341 and Biographical Database of Australia — — accessed 29 July 2020

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Alternative Names
  • Daveny, Catherine
  • Ounslow, Catherine
  • Houndson, Catherine
  • Ounslow, Catherine

c. 1757

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years