Catherine Tarlington (c.1773–1811)

CATHERINE TARLINGTON arrived in the colony per Kitty (1792) as a convict under sentence of transportation and with the recorded name CATHERINE JACKSON. In the colony, she married Third Fleet convict JOHN TARLINGTON and they had a daughter named MARY TARLINGTON. On 25 February 1798, the TARLINGTON FARM became the scene of fatal frontier violence. CATHERINE and JOHN survived, but the episode would have repercussions well into the following year. After a series of related incidents, settlers brutally murdered two Aboriginal boys on ROBERT FORRESTER’s farm at Green Hills (Windsor) and buried them at Constable POWELL’s farm. POWELL and others were tried, and they were found generally guilty, but they were not punished. CATHERINE died in March 1811, aged 37 years old, after which her husband remarried fairly quickly in December 1811. He would have three wives all up, and he would outlive them all.


  • Transport Name: CATHERINE JACKSON

Burial Location

  • Section 1, Row O, No. 12, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


  • First Wife of JOHN TARLINGTON
  • Possibly the mother of JOHN R. TARLINGTON

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‘No Pity for the Hunted’: The Tarlingtons, Little Jemmy and Little George (2020)

By Michaela Ann Cameron

Abstract: Our story begins at the graves bearing the name ‘Tarlinton’ [sic] at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta in Burramattagal Country. John, the Tarlingtons’ pater familias, was an Englishman and a ‘cutler’ by trade, who arrived with the Third Fleet per Matilda (1791) with a sentence of seven years transportation for ‘breaking into the warehouse of John Bardwell’ in Sheffield, England, in 1787, with accomplice and fellow cutler Joshua Godbehere, ‘and stealing from thence divers [sic] articles.’ In another section of the cemetery, two of John’s infant children rest alongside the first two of his three convict wives: Catherine Jackson per Kitty (1792) and Margaret Duggan née Jones per Experiment I (1804). But, this is not to be another story about a settler family, though a couple of them do figure highly in all that follows. For, this is really the tale of ‘Little Jemmy’ and ‘Little George,’ and what happened to them after they visited Tarlington Farm one Sunday morn in late February 1798. Read more>>


# Convict

# Ship: Kitty (1792)

# Frontier Violence

# Burial Year: 1811

# Grave: marked