Born in England c1746 -- Died in the
“Jane Herbert otherwise Rose, otherwise
Sentenced to transportation at the Old
Bailey on 30 August 1786, had stolen a promissory note
for 20 pound and used it to pay for a cloak,
writing the name Jenny Russell on the back and the
address 15 Norfolk Street, Strand. The shop-women said
she took the note from “a very nice red morocco pocket
book”, which the owner said resembled the one he had
missed at the house of his host, where the women had
been a servant for three years. She said she had picked
it up at the door. The Court told her that she was lucky
that the jury had been compassionate. “It is a horrid
thing that servants will behave so”.
It is interesting to note that in a
Greater London Record Office document for the August
session 1786, Jane Rose and Jenny Russell are shown as
separate entities both convicted of felony.
Aged 40, Jenny was sent to Portsmouth
from Newgate on 30 April 1787 for embarkation on Prince
of Wales. She was buried at Port Jackson on 23 September
The Memory of
Jane’s passage of life ended,
as the Colony was beginning to grow.
Jane is held safely in the hearts of
those who knew her.
May she rest in peace.
Founders of Australia.
Verse: J. Mortimer # 6409.