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Rose Lisk (c. 1770–?)

Rose Burke (c.1770- ) was sentenced to 7 years transportation at Dublin, Ireland, in 1791. She arrived at Sydney aboard the Kitty in November 1792 and was living with George Lisk by the next year. Lisk accidentally shot her on 24 May 1793. George Barrington reported the incident in his A Sequel to Barrington's Voyage to New South Wales Comprising an interesting narrative of the transactions and behaviour of the convicts; the progress of the Colony &c. (1801) 

On Saturday the 24th. of May, a settler had been drinking at the house of Williams, with Rose Burke, a woman with whom he lived, until they were very much intoxicated, and as they were returning to his farm through the town of Parramatta, a violent quarrel arose between them; when his musquet went off by accident, and shattered the bones of her right arm below the elbow so dreadfully that instant amputation was necessary, which Mr. Arndel the Surgeon being fortunately at home directly performed.

The couple were married on 13 October that year at Parramatta; no record of any children has been found. The Lisks held a farm jointly with William Butler at Prospect and also owned a farm at Mulgrave Place by 1800. On 25 July 1805 George Lisk was included in a list of people with permission to sail for England on the Ferret. It is not known if Rose accompanied him.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • List, Rose
  • Burke, Rose
  • Burk, Rose
  • Bourke, Rose

c. 1770
Dublin, Ireland

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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Dublin (Ireland)
Trial Date: 1791