Mary Magee (1791–1793)

MARY MAGEE was the daughter of First Fleet convicts CHRISTOPHER MAGEE (alias CHARLES WILLIAMS) and ELEANOR McCABE. MARY’s elder brother JAMES MAGEE was the first person ever buried in the Parramatta Burial Ground (St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta), when he died, aged only two months old.

MARY MAGEE drowned with her pregnant mother and convict MARY GREEN when a boat they were in overset on the Parramatta River. Though baby MARY and ELEANOR appear in the St. John’s burial register, neither of them were buried at the cemetery itself. CHRISTOPHER buried ELEANOR, the unborn MAGEE child, and MARY MAGEE metres from his front doorstep on their farm at Camellia, overlooking the Parramatta River. Their lone grave in unconsecrated ground remains in situ to this day.


  • Alternate: MARY MEGEE (c.f. burial record)


  • Born: c. January 1791
  • Baptised: 30 January 1791
  • Died: 18 January 1793, Parramatta River, near Breakfast Point, Port Jackson, Colony of New South Wales
  • Buried: 21 January 1793, Magee Farm, Camellia

Burial Location

  • Buried in a lone, marked grave in the present-day factory at 1 Grand Avenue, Camellia.

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The Wretched, Rascally and Depraved Magees, and the Story of St. John’s First Burial (2019)

By Michaela Ann Cameron

Abstract: Even a burial ground, where so many stories ended, has many beginnings. The story of St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta begins among knee-high native grass on ‘a gently sloping hill’ in the life-sustaining hunting grounds of the Burramattagal clan of the Darug people. It also begins with newcomers enclosing that once open space to preserve their cattle from wandering. Yet the story of this cemetery just as surely begins with its first burial; a tale for which three saints of London, St. John, St. James, and St. Giles, shall serve as our guides. The three saints will lead us to a plantation in the American colonies, a royal palace, and even among the ‘swarm[s]’ of ‘strumpets’—the ‘notoriously lascivious and profligate’ ‘ladies of the pavement’—on ‘Lewkner’s Lane.’ Read more>>


Eleanor Magee grave, Elinor Magee, Eleanor McCabe, Mary Magee, St. John's Cemetery Project, First Fleet, First Fleeter, Camellia, Parramatta, Old Parramattan
Close-up of E. W. Searle, “Wayside grave of Elinor Magee and two children, Parramatta, New South Wales, ca. 1935,” PIC P838/904a LOC Cold store SEA Box 7. Courtesy of National Library of Australia.



# Child

# Convicts’ Child

# Born in colony

# Burial Place: Camellia

# Burial Year: 1793

# Grave: marked