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Mandy Thomson on 31st March, 2019 wrote of Daniel Holton:

Was sentenced with his brother Stephen as part of the Wickers Horse Gang. Chelmsford Quarter Sessions Friday 15 Dec 1837. Sentenced with Thomas Brown and John Collop.
Died in the General Hospital Sydney soon after his arrival 22 Nov 1838

Mandy Thomson on 31st March, 2019 wrote of Stephen Holten:

Goal Decription and Entrance Record states 5’4 1/2” tall, fresh face dark hair and blue eyes.
Transported for horse stealing as part of the Wickers Gang. Sentenced with brother Daniel, Thomas Brown,and John Collop.

June Patricia Hamilton on 31st March, 2019 wrote of Patrick Lonergan:

Patrick served his time at Goulburn. He moved to Queanbeyan and his family of wife 3 sons arrived in 1849 aboard “Panama”.  He died in Queanbeyan.

Nell Murphy on 30th March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Corkeran:

10 Sept 1850 - Thomas CORCORAN (per ‘Emily’) to Catherine MURPHY (per ‘St. Vincent’).

16 Sept 1864: Thomas CORCORAN, free by servitude. Court appearance at Deloraine - Larceny. Guilty. 6 mths imprisonment.

Nell Murphy on 30th March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Corkeran:

Thomas CORCORAN was convicted at Cork City, Ireland on 1 March 1844 for Larceny - stealing ivory ornaments. 2 previous convictions.7 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Austraia per the ship “Emily” arrived 30 Oct 1844. Ship surgeon’s report: “middling”.

Labourer; 19 yrs; single man; 5’4 1/2” height, stout build; Roman Catholic; can read & write.
Native place of birth: Cork, Ireland.
Father: Michael
Mother: Margaret
Brother: Jerry

Colony of VDL:
15 mths Probation Period.
1 st Station Gang: Delorine (northern district of Colony)
Several notes of misconduct.
26 Feb 1850: Ticket of Leave granted
1 Mar 185..: Free Certificate issued

Nell Murphy on 30th March, 2019 wrote of Jeremiah Corkery:

Jeremiah CORKERY was convicted at Cork 2 Jan 1849 for stealing two sheep. Gaol report: “never convicted before, character good”. 10 yr transportation sentence. Spike Island Prison report: “good”. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Australia per the ship “Hyderabad” arriving there 13 Dec 1850.

Aged 32 yrs; farm labourer; widower; Roman Catholic; 5’6” height; not literate.
Native place of birth: Co. Cork, Ireland.
Father: Tim ?

Colony of VDL:
15 mths Probation Period
1st Station Gang - Old Wharf (? Launceston)
31 May 1852 - Blair, at Launceston - out after hours. 4 mths hard labour at Prison Barracks, Launceston.
7 Feb 1854: Ticket of Leave granted.
19 Dec 1854: Conditional Pardon approved.

1858: Breach of Water Act, at Windmill Hill, Launceston. Fined to which he further petitioned the Council to remit.

There is a death record for a Jeremiah Corkery in 1890, aged 81 yrs, which may be this same person.

Nell Murphy on 30th March, 2019 wrote of Ellen Corkery:

Link to husband Patrick Corkery’s record https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/corkery/patrick/135569.  He gives the children’s names as - Jeremiah, John, Patrick, Johanna, Mary & Peg.

1847: Patrick made an application to bring the family out from Ireland.

In the 1850’s it is understood that husband Patrick moved to Victoria and New South Wales.

? if Ellen and family went with him.  There is a newspaper notice of an Ellen Corkery charged with receiving stolen goods at Hobart in 1877, which could be her.  There are however several other Corkery families living in the Colony and an Ellen Corkery running a lodging house in Liverpool St. Hobart.

Nell Murphy on 30th March, 2019 wrote of Patrick Corkery:

Patrick CORKERRY (or CORKERY) was convicted at Kerry, Ireland on 9 March 1842 for Larceny - stealing a coat and pr of shoes. 7 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Australia per the ship “Isabella Watson” 1842. Ship surgeon’s report: “very good”.

Aged 39 yrs; farm labourer; Roman Catholic
Native place of birth: Co. Cork, Ireland
Married man - wife Ellen and 4 children.
Wife Ellen also transported to VDL, with 1 child accompanying her.  (link to her record https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/corkery/ellen/135563)
Records of the child who came with mother have not been located and does not appear to have been admitted to Queens Orphanage - unless under mother’s maiden name, which is not known.
Children (as recorded on convict indent): Jeremiah, John, Patrick, Mary, Johanna & Peg. (Mothers record states only 4 children but 2 could have been deceased or the youngest not counted?)
Father: Jeremiah (ref. convict indent record)
Mother: Ellen
3 Brothers:
4 Sisters:

Colony of VDL:
2 yrs Probation Period.
1st Station Gang - Jericho, VDL.
9 June 1846: Ticket of Leave granted.
9 March 1849: Free Certificate issued.

Remarks in documentation:
1847 - Application to bring out family from Ireland. (ref. GO33/1/66 pg 907)

1850: Patrick CORKERY moved to live in Victoria, Australia. It is understood he then moved to New South Wales where he remarried.
(No details verified as to what happened to wife Ellen.)

N.B. There are several other CORKERY families living in the Colony at that time, also variations in spelling of surname.

D Wong on 30th March, 2019 wrote of Cornelius Donoghue:

Cornelius Donoghue was listed as 42 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Cork.

Cornelius was 5’9” tall, stout build, brown hair, grey eyes.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
DONOGHUE, Cornelius. Per “Southworth”, 1822

1822 Mar 14:  On list of convicts landed from the “Southworth” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.13)

1823:  On list of convicts maintained by William Cox free of expense to the Crown in 1823; listed as Donnahue (Reel 6059; 4/1773 p.159a)

1823 Apr 30:  On list of convicts in the employ of William Cox of Clarendon and his two sons George and Henry; listed as Donahoe (Fiche 3062; 4/1834B No.73 p.469)

4/3/1826 Sydney Gazette:
Friday, March 3.—-James burke and Cornelius Donahue, the former as principal, the latter as accessory after the fact, were indicted for the wilful murder of John Cogan, at Mulgoa, on the 9th. of January last. The evidence not being sufficient to support the indictment against Donahue, the Jury, under the direction of the court, returned a verdict of not guilty.
The prisoner Burke was found guilty, and ordered for execution on monday next. Donahue remanded, on the motion of the Attorney General.

15/3/1827: COF
29/10/1831: COF renewed
20/3/1839: COF renewed.

About a dozen deaths listed on the NSW BDM for Cornelius Donoghue (with various spellings) - most likely is:
DONOGHOE CORNELIUS 14/1845 V184514 115AGE 53.

Pam Robinson PT on 30th March, 2019 wrote of James (the Younger) Tucker:


D Wong on 29th March, 2019 wrote of James Dogherty:

James Dogherty was listed as 44 years old on arrival - 55 years old on his Indent on Ancestry.

Native Place: Mayo.

Occupation: Reaper/labourer.

James was 5’8” tall, stout build, brown hair, grey eyes.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
DOGHERTY, James. Per “Southworth”, 1822

1822 Apr 20; 1823 May 16:  On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D pp.27, 30)

27/6/1828: COF

D Wong on 29th March, 2019 wrote of George Cunningham:

George Cunningham was 21 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Dublin.

George was 5’9½” tall, thin build, light brown hair, hazel eyes.

Crime: Felony of silk handkerchief.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
CUNNINGHAM, George. Per “Southworth”, 1822

1823 Dec 10:  On returns of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains; to the Penrith Bench for assignment (Reel 6028; 2/8283 pp.177, 181)

5/3/1829: COF

D Wong on 29th March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Wilcox:

Thomas Wilcox was 16 years old on arrival.
Place of Birth: Newton.

Thomas was 5’0½” tall, protestant, illiterate.

Father: William
Mother: Mary
Brothers: William, Henry, James, John.
Sisters: Harriett, Sarah, lEliza, Ann - all at native place.

26/3/1850: TOL
20/10/1851: Free Certificate

10/5/1854: Married Jane Needham at St. Marys Church, Franklin, Huon River, Tas.
5/10/1857: Thomas
13/8/1859: Female
3/5/1862: Henry
26/2/1864: John
5/3/1868: Female
16/11/1874: Rose Harriett

13/5/1904 The Mercury, Hobart:
Golden Wedding - a correspondent writes: — At Franklin on the 10th inst. a golden wedding was celebrated. Mr. Thomas Wilcox of Farnham, Kent, England, aged 78, and Jane Wilcox, nee
Needham, of Westminster, London, aged 71, were married at St John’s Anglican Church on May 10, 1854, by the Rev. Mr. Crooke. The golden wedding was celebrated in the public schoolroom at
North Franklin which was well filled with relatives and friends who assembled and united in their congratulations.
Numerous presents were contributed to the aged couple who looked well and happy. There was an abundant spread, and several speeches were made. Mr. Wilcox returned thanks in a few neat
and appropriate words, which terminated a very happy evening.

8/5/1908: Thomas Wilcox died at Franklin, Tasmania.

Iris Dunne on 29th March, 2019 wrote of Mary Ann Ormisher:

Conduct Record: Tried 132 May 1850, Roman Catholic, can read & write, Transported for Stealing from the person, Trade: Housemaid, aged 18, Ticket of Leave 23 January 1855, Conditional Pardon 26 January 1858

Convict Indent: proper name Eliza Mu???

D Wong on 29th March, 2019 wrote of William Cullinane:

William Cullinane was 28 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Tipperary.

Crime: Felony at large.

William was 5’9½” tall, stout build, blue eyes, dark hair.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
CULLINAN, William. Per “Southworth”, 1822

1822 Mar 14:  On list of convicts landed from the “Southworth” and forwarded to Minto for distribution; crossed out. Listed as Callivan (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.13)

1822 Dec 6:  On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.20)

1825 Oct 24:  Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3245; 4/1873 p.46). Reply, 10 Nov (Reel 6015; 4/3515 p.577)

1827: TOL
25/3/1828: COF
25/2/1831: COF renewed.

1843: Married Bridget Hare at Yass, Catholic.
(This was Bridget Hehir).  Bridget arrived 1841 per ‘Livingstone’ with husband Edward and 5 children.  Edward died in 1842 - William and Bridget had 5 further children.
Bridget died 9/9/1888, aged 75, at Young, NSW.

1865: William Cullinane died at Gundagai, NSW. Listed as 69 years old.

D Wong on 29th March, 2019 wrote of Denis Croneen:

Denis Croneen was listed as 30 years old on arrival - 23 on his Indent (Ancestry).

Denis was 5’6” tall, slender build, grey eyes, brown hair, right eye half closed.

Colonial Secretary Papers:

CRONAN, Denis. Per “Southworth”, 1822
1823 Jun 13; 1824 Feb 13:  On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D pp.22, 24)

1824 Jun 8:  Convict servant of James Walker. To be victualled from the Store at Bathurst for six months (Reel 6013; 4/3511 p.434)

24/4/1828: COF
27/9/1830: COF renewed.

Nell Murphy on 29th March, 2019 wrote of Ellen Corkery:

Ellen CORKERY (married name) was convicted at Kerry, Ireland on 9 March 1842 for Larceny - stealing a coat. Gaol Report: “very good”.  7 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Austraia per the ship “Waverley” arriving 15 Dec 1842. Ship surgeon’s report: “quiet & well behaved”.

Ellen was a married woman with 4 children. Convict record states that 1 child on board with her, but no other details as to name or age.
Aged 40 yrs; 4’11” height; farm servant;
Roman Catholic & Temperance Medal.
Husband: Patrick Corkerry (ref. name given on convict record & record of transportation on the “Isabella Watson” 1842)
Brother Patrick and sister Judy - at native place

Colony of VDL:
Assigned to work services.
Clear conduct record
3rd Class status 12 April 1844
Ticket of leave granted 14 Jan 1846

D Wong on 29th March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Cowen:

Thomas Cowen was listed as 50 years old on arrival.  Listed as 48 years old on his Indent on Ancestry.
Native Place: Dublin.

Thomas was 6’0” tall, stout build, grey eyes, dark brown hair, sore on left leg, bald head.

Occupation: Linen draper.

15/8/1827: COF (reported to have died).

1829: NSW BDM - Thomas Cowen, aged 58.
No district given.

Nell Murphy on 29th March, 2019 wrote of Sylvester Neyton:

APPREHENDED: 25 June 1833 - Sylvester NEYTON. (ref. Hobart Town Chronicle)

COUNTRY POLICE REPORT, 18 April 1838 - Oatlands Court - Sylvester NEYTON, for insubordination, 12 mths in chains.  (ref. Hobart Town Courier 27 April 1838)

Iris Dunne on 29th March, 2019 wrote of Norah Hayes:

Conduct Record: Tried 6 December 1827, Transported for Larceny, Gaol Report Not known here, Single Woman, Stated this Offence Stealing a Ring, 2 pair of Old Silk Stockings, from my Mistress, I was last living at Mrs Faceys Park Lane - had a Milk Walk & 19 Cows of her own, Roman Catholic

Description List: Trade: Servant of all works, aged 26

Wendy Smith on 29th March, 2019 wrote of James Daley:

Absconded from Mr Nathan Stephen Powell, Queanbeyan, and recaptured on 18th December 1838.  Committed to trial for Highway robbery.  Captured while in the company of another runaway convict Mr Charles Swan, England (2), while attempting to rob the dray of Mr Stephen Goodwin.  A Mr William Childs who was lying under the dray shot Charles Swan dead and apprehended James Daley.  At trial in January before Mr Justice Wills and civil court was found guilty of Highway robbery and sentenced to 15 years on Norfolk Island.

Wendy Smith on 29th March, 2019 wrote of Charles Swan:

Absconded from Mr Henry Zouch, Queanbeyan, on 1 November.  Was associated with another runaway convict Mr James Daley, Charles Kerr.  Was shot dead on 18th December 1838 while attempting to rob a dray owned by Mr Stephen Goodwin near Bungendore.  Mr William Childs was lying under the dray and shot Charles Swan dead and apprehended Mr James Daley. Reference The Australian Thursday 14 February 1839. Buried 18 December 1838 at Oaks Estate Burial Ground.  From Government Gazette was 4ft 11 3/4 high of sallow complexion with brown hair and grey eyes.

D Wong on 28th March, 2019 wrote of Patrick Coughlan:

Patrick Coughlan was 45 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Clare.

Patrick was 5’3½” tall, stout build, grey eyes, dark brown hair, big belly.

1827: TOL
26/8/1828: COF

1829-1854: Was employed by Mr McArthur, who had land south of Sydney, including land near Goulburn, near to Lake George and Collector.

Had a relationship/or was married (no registration found) Mary Ann Walker (nee Cavanagh) Chilvers.

18/3/1854 Sydney Morning Herald:
Goulburn Circuit Court. (Edited version)
Patrick Coughlan, late of Collector, in the Colony of New South Wales, was indicted for feloniously stealing at Collector, aforesaid, on the 7th September, 1853, one mare and one filly, the goods and chattels of Patrick Goaley.
The Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr Fawcett ; Attorney, Mr. C. H. Walsh.
The Solicitor-General stated the case, and called Patrick Goaley, from whose evidence it appeared, that he is a farmer, residing at Collector; on the morning of the 8th September, last ; witness missed a mare from a paddock, where he had put her the night before; witness made every enquiry, but could not trace the mare, or discover where she was, until the l0th of January last, when he found her at Patrick Mulloney’s, at Burrowa, 100 miles from Collector; witness at once claimed her as his property, and Mullony gave her up, stating that he had purchased
her from the prisoner for £8 ; prisoner was living near Collector when the mare was lost…...
....witness purchased from the prisoner at the bar, sometime in November last prisoner called himself Patrick Carr, when he sold the mare to me ; she was running at my place nearly a month before I bought her ; I paid £8 for the mare…..the jury after a few monents deliberation, returned a verdict of guilty.
In passing sentence, his HONOR said, that he would take into consideration the prisoner’s age, (70 years), and the excellent character he received from Mr M’Arthur for a period of 25 years.
Sentence, three years in Goulburn gaol.

19/8/1868 The Goulburn Herald and Chronicle:
Patrick Coughlan was brought up for protection, being of unsound mind.
Michael Ryan, of Ryansvale, deposed: Defendant came to my place on Friday evening; he had been working for me before, and I always thought him flighty; on Saturday be stood for two hours looking at the sun; I told him to go in, but he slipped out again and took off his clothes; I put him in a hut, where I afterwards saw him in a corner naked; he talked of knocking out somebody’s brains, but I could not understand whose; he said he had been on a spree; I sent for the police.
Defendant, whose manner was excited; and whose appearance was that of a person after a drinking bout, was, in default of finding sureties, sent to the jail hospital for fourteen days.

20/4/1873 The Goulburn Herald and Chronicle:
BEFORE the police-magistrate.
Patrick Coughlan, aged about ninety years, was charged with vagrancy.
Defendant, who gave himself up to the police as unable to gain his living, was in possession of an order for admittance to the Liverpool asylum, dated October, 1870, of which he had never availed himself, but he no stated that he wished to get into the asylum.
Defendant was sent to gaol for seven days, with a view to his admission into some asylum.

22/2/1874: Patrick Coughlan died, he was about 91 years old, (born 1783) - he death was registered at Goulburn and he was buried at Collector, NSW.
Mary Ann Chilvers was the informant.

D Wong on 28th March, 2019 wrote of James Coughlan:

James Coughlan was 25 years old on arrival.

James was 5’5½” tall, stout build, brown hair, hazel eyes.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
COUGHLAN, James. Per “Southworth”, 1822

1822 Mar 14:  On list of convicts landed from the “Southworth” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.13)

D Wong on 28th March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Cotter:

Thomas Cotter was listed as 38 years old on arrival. Also listed as 30 years old, so born 1784-1792.
Native Place: Cork.

Occupations: Reaper/labourer.

Thomas was 5’6” tall, well built, dark hair, hazel eyes, looks rather worn and meagre of his age.

Colonial Sectary Papers:
CUTTER, Thomas. Per “Southworth”, 1822

1822 Mar 14:  On list of convicts landed from the “Southworth” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.13).

19/1/1827 Sydney Gazette:
Thomas Cotter was charged by bis master’s overseer that he had neglected his work, and had not performed a sufficient quantity. The overseer admitted that the work was exceedingly laborious.
The district constable proved that the prisoner had done a good day’s work. Complaint dismissed. The prisoner returned to Government by his master.

15/3/1827: COF

27/9/1831 Sydney Gazette:
CORONER’S INQUEST. — An inquest was held yesterday, at the sign of the Steam Packet, Sussex-street, on the body of Thomas Cotter, a wood cutter, in the neigbourhood of Kissing Point, who
came by his death, the day previous, inconsequence of bursting a blood vessel internally.
The Jury, after a minute investigation, returned & verdict to that effect.

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