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Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of John Bruce:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
John Bruce,  age on arrival, 22,  per Canada (3) 1815, Tried Dublin City, 1814, 7 years.
DOB, 1793, native of Down. Millwright.

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Colonial Secretary Index.

BRUCE, John. Per “Canada”, 1815.

1818 Jan 5
On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6005; 4/3497 p.273)
1820 Sep 29
Overseer at Newcastle. Recommendation for pardon (Reel 6067; 4/1807 pp.121-3)
1820 Oct 6
To receive indulgence of a conditional pardon for his steady industry and good conduct in the construction of windmill at Newcastle (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.314)
1824 Apr
Millwright. Memorial (Fiche 3080; 4/1836B No.135 p.623). Reply, 3 May (Reel 6013; 4/3511 p.81)
1824 May 4
His letter referred to the Surveyor General; re an allotment in Sydney (Reel 6013, 4/3511 p.111; Fiche 3266, 9/2652 p.1)

Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of Patrick Brady:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
Patrick Brady,  age on arrival, 19,  per Canada (3) 1815, Tried Monaghan Co., 1814, 7 years.
DOB, 1796, native of Monaghan. Weaver linen.

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Colonial Secretary Index.

BRADY, Patrick. Per “Canada”, 1815.

1815 Aug 15
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Canada” and “Francis and Eliza” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.141)

Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of Thomas Boyne:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
Thomas Boyne,  per Canada (3) 1815, Tried Meath Co., 1814, 7 years.

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Colonial Secretary Index.

BOYNE, Thomas. Per “Canada”, 1815.

1818
Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3183; 4/1854 p.25)
1823 Apr 17
Affidavit re loss of ticket of leave (Reel 6028; 4/1690 p.29)
1824 Sep 9
Affidavit re loss of his certificate (Reel 6028; 4/1690 p.84)

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PUBLIC NOTICE.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates, or Tickets of Leave, during the last Week :
CERTIFICATES
Canada (3) .... Thomas Boyne;
Sydney Gazette, 24 Apr 1823.

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Convict Index.
Thomas Boyne, per Canada, 1815, Certificate of Freedom, 9 Sep 1824. 023/2613; TL 57/1656. in lieu of CF 75/999.
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Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of John Aldwell:

1828 Census Index.
John Allswell, age 39, F.S. Canada, 1815, 7 years, catholic, shepherd to Archibald Bell, St Helliers, Segenhoe district.

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On Friday 19 May, 1829, John Aldwell gave evidence at the trial of William Reddall for the murder of John Heley at Hunter’s River in January 1829:

John Aldwell - I am assigned servant to Col. Dumaresq; I know the prisoner; he was a shepherd on the Estate of Colonel Dumaresq; Colonel Dumaresq’s shepherds are not in the habit of carrying tomahawks, except occasionally to cut bark; the prisoner was not in the habit of carrying one until about a month before Heley was missing; I have heard the prisoner say, that he would have Heley’s wife, whether he was allowed to live with her or not;  he said this three days before Heley was missing; he said it to me in my own hut. On the following Saturday, in the morning, I saw Heley and the prisoner going from the sheep-hurdles together; the prisoner had turned out Heley’s flock and his own, and as he was going along, Heley met him, and they went on together; this was about an hour after sunrise; I never saw Heley and the prisoner together after.
By the COURT - I never saw Heley alive after that.
By the prisoner - I never knew any quarrel between the prisoner and the deceased; prisoner said that he would have Heley’s wife, to me, but not in the presence of Heley.
By the JURY- Heley usually brought his own sheep back at night; he did not do so on the Saturday night I speak of.
Sydney Gazette, 21 Mar 1829.

Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of John Blake:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
John Blake, age on arrival, 35,  per Canada (3) 1815, Tried Dublin Co., 1810, 7 years. DOB, 1780, native of Dublin Co. Labourer.

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1828 Census Index.
John Blake, age 42, F.S. Canada, 1816, 7 years, catholic, Labourer, John Grace, Lr. Portland Hd. District.

Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of John Barrett:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
John Barrett,  per Canada (3) 1815, Tried Cork Co., 1814, Life.

Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of James Brown:

Colonial Secretary Index.

BROWN, James. Per “Canada”, 1815
1815 Aug 15
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Canada” and “Francis and Eliza” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.141)
1819
Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3192; 4/1857 p.42)
1820 May 4
Town constable at Windsor (Reel 6049; 4/1744 p.321)
1822 Dec 18,23
Constable. Re apprehension of David Tennant, a runaway (Reel 6053, 4/1756 p.109; Reel 6054, 4/1759 p.37a)
1822 Dec 19
Constable at Windsor. On list of prisoners victualled at Windsor (Reel 6053; 4/1756 p.108)
1822 Dec 20
Re nature of directions given to for the forwarding of runaway David Tennant to Parramatta (Reel 6010; 4/3507 p.104)
1823 Feb 10
Constable of Windsor. Dismissed for gross misconduct (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.138)
1823 Feb 28, Mar
Re permission to marry at Windsor (Reel 6010; 4/3507 p.398)
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Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of John Aldwell:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
John Aldwell, age on arrival, 29,  per Canada (3) 1815, Tried Limerick Co., 1814, 7 years. DOB, 1786, native of Cavan. Baker.

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Colonial Secretary Index.

ALDWELL, John. Per “Canada”, 1815
1815 Aug 15
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Canada” and “Francis and Eliza” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.141)

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Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of Eugene Quinn:

Convict Death Register.
Eugene Quinn, per Minerva, Age 50, Sydney Hospital, Date: 9/11/1841.

Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2021 wrote of Thomas Drohane:

Colonial Secretary Index.

DROHAN, Thomas. Per “Minerva”, 1819.

1819 Dec 30
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Minerva” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution; listed as Derohan (Reel 6007; 4/3501 p.145)
1821 Feb 9
On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6007; 4/3503 p.95)
1822 Nov 29; 1824 Jul 22
On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D pp.29, 32)

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1828 Census Index.
Thomas Droughan, age 40, F.S. Minerva, 1819, 7 years, catholic, Shepherd, S. Terry, Bathurst district.

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Convict Index.
Thomas Drohane, Minerva 1819, Certificate of Freedom, 30 Mar 1826, 130/5103.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Daniel Keane:

Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Daniel Cain, Ship: Minerva 1819
Date: 3 June 1824
Place: Newcastle
Details: Daniel Cain per Minerva, Wardsman at the General Hospital charged with neglect of duty and absenting himself from the Hospital at improper hours…...John Clansey (Clancy), overseer at the Hospital stated….The prisoner is very neglectful of his duty and has on two or three instances absented himself the whole of the night from the place where he usually sleeps without any permission whatever. Daniel Cain sentenced to 50 lashes.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of John Reddy:

Colonial Secretary’s Office, April 25, 1826,
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates during the last week,
viz. —
Minerva (3) — John Reddy.
The Australian, 26 Apr 1826.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Richard Sale:

Colonial Secretary’s Office, April 25, 1826,
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates during the last week,
viz. —
Minerva (3) — Richard Sale.
The Australian, 26 Apr 1826.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Maurice Burnick:

Colonial Secretary Index.

BURNICK, Maurice. Per “Minerva”, 1819.

1821 Dec 27
On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6008; 4/3504A p.202)
1824 Aug 31
On list of Government servants in the employ of Sir John Jamison; from Jan 1820. Listed as Brunnock (Reel 6061; 4/1780 p.257b)

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Convict Index.
Maurice Burnick, Minerva 1819, Certificate of Freedom, 21 April 1826, 076/5216.

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Colonial Secretary’s Office, April 25, 1826,
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates during the last week,
viz. —
Minerva (3) —  Maurice Burnick.
The Australian, 26 Apr 1826.

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1828 Census Index.
Morris Brenack, F.S. Minerva 1819, 7 years, protestant, Labourer, John Crowly, Evan district.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of John Cronan:

Convict Applications to Marry.
John Cronin, per Prince Regent (2), age 34, 7 years, Free; and Mary Connor, alias Mary Brady, per Asia (7), age 24, 7 years, Bond. Date of permission, 31 Mar 1830, Parramatta, Revd. William Yate.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of John Brennan:

Convict Index.
John Brennan,  Minerva 1819, Certificate of Freedom, 7 July 1825, 017/3975.

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1828 Census Index.
John Brennan, age 44, F.S. per Minerva 3, 1819, 7 years, protestant,  Barber John Jones, Hunter St, Sydney.
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Convict Permission to Marry.
John Brennan, per Minerva, age 45, 7 years, Free: and Anne Carroll, per Brothers 2, age 32, Life, Bond.  Date of permission, 6 Sep 1830, Newcastle, Revd. F Wilkinson.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Patrick Burke:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
Patrick Burke, alias Bourke, age on arrival 23,  per Minerva I (2) 1819, Tried Galway Co, 1819, Life. DOB, 1796. Native of Loughrea Galway Co. Porter, Remarks: Maitland.

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Colonial Secreatry Index.

BURKE, Patrick. Per “Minerva”, 1819.

1819 Dec 30
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Minerva” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6007; 4/3501 p.145)

1821 Apr 16
On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6007; 4/3503 p.222)

1821 Nov 17
On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Sally” (Reel 6008; 4/3504A p.84)

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1828 Census Index.
Patrick Burke, age 28, G.S. per Minerva 1819, Life, protestant, Labourer, Swan Reach, Wallis Plains district.

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Convict Permission to Marry.
Patrick Burke, per Minerva, age 33, Life, Bond. Disallowed: and Judith Keathing, per Edward, age 29, 7 years, Bond. Disallowed. Date of permission, 9 June 1830, Revd. John Wood.

Patrick Burke, per Minerva, age 33, Life, Bond:  and Judith Keathing,  per Edward, age 29, 7 years, Bond.  Date of permission, 25 June 1830, Maitland, Revd. John Wood.

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COLONIAL SECRETARY’S OFFICE, SYDNEY, 25th NOVEMBER, 1832.
TICKETS OF LEAVE.
THE following Prisoners of the Crown have obtained TICKETS OF LEAVE, since the last day of Publication, viz.
MAITLAND.
Burke Patrick, Minerva (3)
NSW Govt. Gazette, 28 Nov 1832.

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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 8th April, 1834.
TICKETS Of LEAVE CANCELLED.
THE Tickets of Leave granted to the following persons have been cancelled, for the reasons set against their respective names, viz:-
Minerva 3. Patrick Burke, harbouring and employing assigned servants;
Sydney Herald, 14 Apr 1834.

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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 23rd August, 1836.
THE undermentioned Prisoners of the Crown have obtained Tickets-of-leave, since the last day of publication :—
COUNTY OF NORTHUMBERLAND.  MAITLAND.
Burke Patrick, Minerva (3)
NSW Govt. Gazette, 24 Aug 1836.

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Convict Index.
Patrick Burke, Minerva 1819, Conditional Pardon, 1 Oct 1842. 43/318.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Judith Keating:

Convict Permissions to Marry.

Patrick Burke, per Minerva, age 33, Life, Bond. Disallowed: and Judith Keathing, per Edward, age 29, 7 years, Bond. Disallowed. Date of permission, 9 June 1830, Revd. John Wood.

Patrick Burke, per Minerva, age 33, Life, Bond:  and Judith Keathing,  per Edward, age 29, 7 years, Bond.  Date of permission, 25 June 1830, Maitland, Revd. John Wood.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Patrick Dane:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
Patrick Dane,  per Minerva I (2) 1819, Tried Kildare Co, 1817, 7 years.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Patrick Malowny:

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2021 wrote:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
Patrick Maloney, alias Malowny, age 21,  per Minerva I (2) 1819, Tried Galway Co, 1819, 7 years. DOB, 1798, native of Galway.  Labourer.

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2021 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

MALONEY, Patrick. Per “Minerva”, 1819.

1819 Dec 30
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Minerva” and forwarded to Bringelly for distribution (Reel 6007; 4/3501 p.146)
1820 Mar 23
On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6007; 4/3501 p.311)
1822 Feb 25-Mar 27
Sentenced to death. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 p.45)
1822 Apr 11
A respite issued with slop clothing at Sydney Gaol (Reel 6055; 4/1760 p.130)
1822 Apr 15
Tried in Sydney. Sentence commuted to transportation (Reel 6070; 4/1265 p.8)
1822 Apr 15
Commutation warrant (Reel 6070; 4/7020 No.88)

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Criminal Court. Saturday, March 23.—Patrick Maloney was indicted for stopping and robbing Charlotte Dunn and Mary Durham, on the king’s highway. Guilty.-Remanded.

MONDAY.—This morning the following prisoners separately received sentence of death ; viz. William Bell, Thomas Curry, Edward Melville, Patrick Maloney, Moses Harpur, and John Rogers.
Sydney Gazette, 29 Mar 1822.
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By intelligence lately received from Port Macquarie, we learn that about the 25th of March last, a dreadful murder was committed in the gaol yard of that settlement, on the person of William Elliott, by a ruffian named Patrick Maloney, a desperate and abandoned bushranger, who had escaped from confinement on charge of murder and robbery, and had been wandering about for several weeks in the exercise of his predatory habits, until at length he was apprehended and lodged in gaol, and the morning after availed himself of an opportunity to take up an axe, and with a blow fractured the skull of his unfortunate victim, who happened to be nearest to him, on the spot. The poor man, who, it seems was an inoffensive character, died the next day; and when the murderer was questioned as to his motive, he disclaimed any animosity against the deceased, but said he was tired of life, and sought that as the readiest means to have an end put to it, that it was a matter of indifference to him who was his victim.
Sydney Gazette, 5 May 1825.

Friday.
Patrick Malony was next tried for the wilful murder of William Elliott, on the 29th of March last.
James Moxham deposed to his knowledge of the prisoner at the bar, the prisoner and the deceased were both confined in the gaol at Port Macquarie; saw the prisoner strike deceased on the head with an axe, who immediately fell. Prisoner said, “now you b—y rogue you are settled for; ” the wound appeared to be about three inches deep. Deceased was removed to the dispensary, and the prisoner immediately taken into custody; this took place while the inmates of the gaol were at breakfast.
The Jury found the prisoner Guilty.
The prisoner disclaimed any intention to commit murder.
The Chief Justice passed sentence of death upon him.

Patrick Maloney was executed on Monday morning last, for murder, pursuant to his sentence.
Sydney Gazette, Thurs. 15 Sep 1825.

EXECUTION.
Pat. Malony was executed in pursuance of his sentence on Monday morning last. After his conviction the Rev. J. J. THERRY visited him in gaol. His behaviour on leaving the cell on the morning of his execution shewed a mind suited to his awful situation. Having reached the scaffold, he enquired for a lad to whom he was personally known; the boy was brought to him, he shook hands most affectionately and conjured him to take warning by his untimely end. He then addressed the multitude around him, nearly as follows: —”’ My friends, I have been justly found guilty of an offence: and I am now about to expiate that crime by an ignominious death. But I forgive my enemies with my dying breath I pardon them for all the wrongs with which they have oppressed me. My religion teaches me to die in peace with all mankind. I die happy. There is, however, one thing which I am anxious to mention; that hard usage, cruel treatment, hunger, and severe scourging, drove me to the commission of the fatal act,” — here he was interrupted by the Under Sheriff. He then said a few words to the minister; and was launched into eternity.
The Australian, Sydney, 15 Sep 1825.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Patrick Maloney:

THIS CONVICT HAS BEEN ENTERED TWICE.

PLEASE SEE OTHER ENTRY.

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Patrick Malowny:

THIS CONVICT HAS BEEN ENTERED TWICE.

Tony Beale on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Thomas Flannery:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 for Thomas Flannery Per Brig Dorset. Transported to NSW 30/11/1840 . Originally transported in the Clorinda. From Sligo and a servant/ soldier in the 61st Regiment. Guilty of assault with intent to rob at Port Adelaide. 5’ 5 3/4” dark sallow complexion, brown hair and chesnut eyes. Single catholic age 32. Could not read or write.

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Death Register, 1826-1879 Died 8/2/1843 at Norfolk Island Hospital age 35

Penny-Lyn Beale on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Mary Ann Dunn:

Return of Marriages in the District of Hobart Town
John Every - Free Age; 31
Margaret Dann - Convict. Ship; Catherine. Age; 29 [1785]
Date;  1815, 9 January
By Banns

Penny-Lyn Beale on 24th July, 2021 wrote of Ann Jones:

Return of Marriages in the District of Hobart Town
William Hand - Free. Age; 47
Ann Jones - Convict. Ship; Catherine . Age; 30 [1784]
Date;  1815, 5 January
By Banns

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