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Ruth Argee (abt. 1822)

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Ruth Argee
Born about in County Cavan, Irelandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified 28 Dec 2019 | Created 26 Sep 2016
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Ruth Argee was a convict after the Third Fleet transported to Van Diemen's Land

Ruth Argee was aged about 25 when she was tried in Tipperary in January 1847 and found guilty of the crime of larceny (stealing wheat and fighting).[1] It was her first conviction. Ruth's sentence was seven years transportation.[2] Ruth travelled to Van Diemen's Land on board the Waverley arriving in October 1847. The surgeon's report of her demeanour on board ship was "quiet".

Ruth worked as a housemaid prior to conviction. She was a Protestant, unmarried, and could neither read nor write. Ruth was about five feet tall with fair complexion, large head, brown hair, grey eyes and a large mouth.[1][3]

Ruth was found guilty alongside four others, Margaret Tubbs and Ellen Ryan (who travelled to Van Diemen's Land on the Waverley with her) plus William Costello and Henry Williams. All five had plotted to steal wheat from Reverend W.B Fry at Bathuries near Nenagh. The "den of thieves" plotted to steal the wheat at Ruth's house in Spout Road, Nenagh, Tipperary. The jury convicted all five to transportation "without hesitation".[4]

On arrival in Van Diemen's Land Ruth was sent to Anson station to serve six months probation on a gang. In August 1850 Ruth was granted a ticket of leave. However in October 1850 she was found committed for trial at the Supreme Court in Hobart for the crime of "stabbing John Higgins with intent to do him grievous bodily harm". John Higgins and Ruth had been planning to marry but then he left for another woman. Ruth stabbed him in the belly with a pair of scissors. The judge sentenced her to two months imprisonment warning Ruth of the consequences of her temper.[5]

Ruth was then sent to Cascades where she was required to regularly report. In October 1853 her conduct file recorded that she absconded and her ticket of leave was cancelled in November 1853.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Archives of Tasmania, PDF original convict conduct record for Ruth Argee. Accessed 26 September 2016.
  2. National Archives of Ireland, Irish Transportation Database, PDF compilation database of records contained in the National Archives of Ireland; entry for Ruth Argee, page 45; Record reference code: TR 6, P 339.
  3. Archives of Tasmania, PDF original convict description record for Ruth Argee. Accessed 26 September 2016.
  4. Kings County Chronicle 27 January 1847. Accessed on Find My Past 26 September 2016.
  5. The Colonial Times, 22 October 1850. Accessed on Trove 26 September 2016.

See also:

  • Archives of Tasmania, PDF original convict indent record for Ruth Argee. Accessed 26 September 2016.

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