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Nell Murphy on 3rd April, 2019 wrote of Bridget Cunningham:

Bridget CUNNINGHAM was convicted at Longford, Ireland on 5 July 1844 for vagrancy and obtaining money by means of begging letters. 7 yr transportation sentence.  Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Tasmania” arriving there 1845.

Aged 20 yrs; laundress; single woman; 5’1 1/2” height; not literate; Roman Catholic.
Native place of birth:  Tipperary, Ireland.
Father: Thomas
Mother: Alicia
Brothers: William, James & David
Sisters: Ann, Maria & Margaret
  (ref. for family details, as recorded on Convict Indent)

Colony of VDL:
6 months Probation Period
Station Gang - “Anson” hulk ship on the River Derwent, Hobart.
Clear good conduct record
31 July 1849: Ticket of Leave granted.

APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION TO MARRY:
31 Jan 1847 - Bridget CUNNINGHAM (per “Tasmania” ship) to John CORCORAN (per “Governor Phillip” ship).  Approved.

MARRIAGE:
8 July 1847 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Hobart - Bridget CUNNIGHAM, full age to John COCKERAN, full age.  (ref. 37/1/6 no. 1040)

Nell Murphy on 3rd April, 2019 wrote of Judith Corcoran:

Judith CORCORAN was convicted at Waterford, Ireland on 29 Dec 1848 for larceny - stealing a fowl. 7 yr transportation sentence.  Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Earl Grey’ arriving 1849. Ship surgeon’s report: “quiet & good”.

Married woman, 3 children. 2 children transported on board the ship with her - Johanna aged 22yrs & Ellen aged 18yrs - as free immigrants. (ref. noted on Convict Indent record)
Aged 50 yrs; housemaid; Roman Catholic; not literate; 5’2 1/2” height.
Native place of birth: Co. Cork, Ireland

Colony of VDL:
Assigned to work services at Hobart and New Norfolk.
Clear good conduct record
6 July 1852: Ticket of Leave granted.
4 April 1854: Conditional Pardon approved

D Wong on 3rd April, 2019 wrote of Margaret Hutton:

16/1/1815 Hampshire Chronicle Hampshire, England:
Margaret Hutton alias Bruce for stealing a, cap, gown, bonnet, other property, from George Frampton, at Portsmouth.

Listed as Margaret Bruce on the Irish Convicts to NSW.

Born as Margaret Bruce, she married Robert Hutton before her arrival.

Margaret was 23 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Dublin.

1816: Married Andrew Clarke (Anne 1801).
Children:
Elizabeth Clarke 1816–1887
Mary Ann Clarke 1819–1894

Andrew Clarke died in 1821, aged 55.

D Wong on 3rd April, 2019 wrote of Barney Chaney:

Listed as Barney Clancy on Ancestry Convict Indents. Chaney on all other records.

Barney was 20 years old on arrival.
Native Place: London.

Barney was 5’5” tall, fair ruddy complexion, black hair, dark eyes.

24/3/1829: TOL Evan Bench.
On his TOL Barney was described as:
Born 1802, 5’6” tall, dark complexion, black hair, hazel eyes, a butcher.

1835: TOL Sydney.

20/7/1837: Recommended for a CP
Barney was 35 years old.

25/2/1837: CP.

19/4/1858 Empire, Sydney:
On the 16th instant, at Cumberland-street, Barney Chaney, butcher, aged 62 years.

Iris Dunne on 3rd April, 2019 wrote of James Souter:

Prison Hulk ship Ganymede moored at Woolwich and Devonport, No.1321, aged 30, Crime: Stealing apparel, How disposed of: NSW 17 Feb 1831

Convict Indents: Prisoner No.31-1319, aged 30, can read and write, Protestant, Single, Native Place: Perthshire, Trade: Surgeon, Offence: Stealing clothes, Tried 12 July 1830, no previous conviction

Iris Dunne on 3rd April, 2019 wrote of Daniel Owen:

Convict Indent: aged 30, Convicted 9 April 1838, Prisoner No.39-388, can read and write, Protestant, Widower, no children, Offence: Stealing Indigo, no previous convictions

Iris Dunne on 3rd April, 2019 wrote of Jacob Minty:

Conduct Record: Tried 11 July 1849, aged 20, Trade Tin plate Worker, Native Place: Leeds, Transported for Robbery together with cutting and wounding. Prison report very good. Single, CP app’d 16 May 1854
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-106$init=CON33-1-106p186

Death at age 83, Burial 5 January 1916, Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Church of England, Section H, Number 11, Last known residence 42 Cedric Street, North Hobart
https://stors.tas.gov.au/AF35-1-3$init=AF35-1-3p8
https://stors.tas.gov.au/AF70-1-38$init=AF70-1-38p10jpg

Megan Butel on 2nd April, 2019 wrote of Barney Chaney:

Married Jane Flannery. Had 4 children - Mary, Annie, Robert and Jane.

Megan Butel on 2nd April, 2019 wrote of Jane Owen:

Had a child called Eleanor (born 1806) with Andrew Clark(e) per The Ann (1801). They never married. Jane’s name was spelled phonetically as “Hones” on the registry. Eleanor was baptised 16 September 1816 at Windsor on the same day that her father married Margaret Hutton (alias Bruce).
Jane Owen subsequently married William Davis according to a letter in the Colonial Secretary’s office.

Megan Butel on 2nd April, 2019 wrote of Margaret Hutton:

Married Andrew Clark(e) in 1816 at St Matthew’s C of E, Windsor.

Iris Dunne on 2nd April, 2019 wrote of Thomas Craven:

Certificate of Freedom No.31/1141 dated 23 November 1831, Native Place: London, Trade: Stone Mason, Offence: Receiving stolen property, Trial 28 October 1824, Year of Birth 1807, General Remarks: Pit on left side of mouth. Had a Ticket of Leave No.30/324, 18 June 1830

Iris Dunne on 2nd April, 2019 wrote of Thomas Craven:

Convicted 28 October 1824 at the Old Bailey
Theft: shoplifting
1382. THOMAS CRAVEN was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of October , a hat, value 11 s., the goods of Martha Gardiner , privately in her shop .

THOMAS DANIEL GARDINER . I am the son of Martha Gardiner , who keeps a hat warehouse in Chiswell-street . On the 4th of October, between eleven and twelve o’clock, I saw the prisoner in the shop with two others; they asked to look at a silk hat; I showed one to one of his companions - it did not fit him; I put that into the window, and went to the back of the shop for another; the hat was within reach of either of them - when I came back the prisoner was gone, and his two companions had removed from the window; they then bought a hat, and paid for it. I went to put away the hats afterwards and missed the one I had put into the window; there was no other person there at the time. I looked about, and saw an old hat at the end of the counter. I then went down White-cross-st. - and on coming back I looked up Playhouse-yard, and saw the two persons who had come with the prisoner, just turning into Golden-lane; I watched them into a court; and then lost sight of them. I got an officer, and saw the prisoner in about five minutes afterwards, in another court in Golden-lane, with the hat on his head; he said he had bought it of a Jew that morning, and had given his own in exchange, and 10 s. I am quite certain that it is mine; it has our private mark in it.

Cross-examined by MR. LAW. Q. All the hats have the same private mark - A. Yes. I have sold a variety of hats corresponding in price and quality with this. I never saw the prisoner before that day.

JOHN TWEEDY . I saw the prisoner about twelve or one o’clock, and took hold of him and another; Gardiner charged him with having stolen his hat; be hardly made any answer, but on going down the alley he said he had bought it of a Jew for 10 s. and his old hat.

JAMES FORDHAM . I am a constable. Gardiner applied to me - I and Tweedy went and found the prisoner with the hat upon his head; there was another person with him, but not the one who was with him at the shop.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I met a Jew, and gave him 10 s. and my old hat for this. It is not likely that I should takea new hat from his shop to fit me without his seeing me.

GUILTY . Aged 17.

Transported for Seven Years .
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t18241028-129

Criminal Register: Crime: Larceny in a shop

Prison Hulk ship Leviathan moored at Portsmouth, Received 17 November 1824, aged 17, Offence: Stealing a Hat

Applied to marry 6th February 1833

Iris Dunne on 2nd April, 2019 wrote of Thomas Whitaker:

Conviction Date 14 August 1813

Prison Hulk ship Laurel moored at Portsmouth, Received 14 September 1813, aged 40, Offence: Coining counterfeit Bank Tokens

Convict Indents aged 40, Estimated birth year about 1773

Iris Dunne on 2nd April, 2019 wrote of William Phillips:

Sue Stancombe (0) at 5:01pm, 2nd April 2019 wrote of William Phillips:

William Phillips was married to Sarah Ridley in November 1794 They had one child Thomas . Sarah died c 1806.
His second wife was Sophia Yates married 30 Dec 1808 they 5 children before being tried at Warwickshire 7th Aug 1819. Both convicted on coining Offences (having forged banknotes in their possession) both sentenced to 14 years . Sophia and her children were transported on Janus.
Thomas first son of William Phillips and Sarah Ridley then aged 20 was left in England. He was also tried in Warwickshire sand also transported following his father, step mother and step siblings 11 months later.

Robin Hyland on 2nd April, 2019 wrote of Thomas Whitaker:

Received Absolute Pardon 8 Jun 1819.
Licensed Victualler for “Labour in Vain.’ Harrington St. Sydney. (abt. 1831- until death in 1835.)
Married in England to Ann with two boys, Robert and Thomas. Ann Robert and Thomas jun. came on the ‘Bloxbornebury.’ at same time as the ‘Surry.’
Thomas’s crime was conterfeiting coins in Birmingham.
Sources are on ancestry.com

D Wong on 1st April, 2019 wrote of John Donovan:

John Donovan was 35 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Cork.

John was 5’5” tall, well made, dark hair, grey eyes, speaks rather hastily, has an anchor on both arms.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
DONOVAN, John. Per “Southworth”, 1822

1824 c.Apr, Oct 8:  Shoemaker. Assigned convict mechanic whose master was a defaulter in payment for (Reel 6061, 4/1778 p.265c; Fiche 3293, 5/3821.1 p.2)

1824 Nov 1:  Re permission to marry at Sydney (Reel 6013; 4/3512 p.690).

**John had married Elizabeth Mahoney in Ireland in 1807.  They had a child, Mary Ann.
In 1824, John, believing Elizabeth to have died, married Mary McIlvee (Woodman 1823).  Mary was married to John McIlvee who arrived on the ‘Almorah 1820’.  Mary and John had both made enquiries about each other’s whereabouts - as per the Colonial Secretary Papers reports.**

Wife Elizabeth arrived in NSW in 1826 per ‘Lady Rowena’ and John went on to live with her.  Do not know what happened to Mary McIlvee after that.**

1827: Ticket of Exemption from Govt. Labor - wife Eliza, free per ‘Lady Rowena’.

1828 Census: John and Elizabeth were living in Castle Hill with three children. (Mary, John and Eliza). They went on to have another 4 children James, Catherine, Margaret and Ellen.

1834: Elizabeth leased 640 acres of land at Mangrove Creek.

21/7/1834: COF
21/5/1839: COF renewed.

24/7/1855: John died and was buried in a lone grave on private property on Wisemans Ferry Road, Greengrove, NSW.

Elizabeth died 30/1/1891 when she drowned in the Mangrove Creek, Brisbane Water, now Gosford, NSW.

Elizabeth was honoured as a Pioneer of the district, and they named a park after her.

D Wong on 1st April, 2019 wrote of John Mcilvee:

John McIlvee was 26 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Belfast, Antrim Co.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
MCILVEE, John. Per “Almorah”, 1820

1823 Jul 3:  Request for information re his place of assignment as his wife Mary had arrived as a convict per “Woodman”; listed as Muckelwhee (Reel 6057; 4/1768 p.167)

In July 1823, John’s wife, Mary McIlvee arrived as a convict per ‘Woodman’ - she also enquired about John’s whereabouts.
In late 1824 she married John Donovan (Southworth 1822) - he was married to Elizabeth, in Ireland, she arrived in NSW in 1826 (Free) and John Donovan went on to live with her.  Do not know what happened to Mary McIlvee after that.

1823 Nov 22:  On return of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains; to Penrith Bench (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.171)

1824 Nov 12:  On list of prisoners assigned; listed as McVogue (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.88)

1825 Apr 19:  On return of Government servants transferred in the District of Evan; from Edward Field (Senior) to Anthony Rope on 22 Feb (Reel 6063; 4/1785 p.183a)

1825: “McAlvie” John TOL, Windsor.

28/6/1832: Listed as McElevie (McElvie) (McIlvee) - Bulwarra - Tailor assigned to Peter McIntyre.

22/7/1840: Maitland - John McElvie, Tailor aged 46 from Belfast.  Dark sallow complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, mark on forehead over right eye.  Absconded from Peter McIntyre 30 June.

6/7/1841: Absconded in June 1840 from the service of Peter McIntyre.  Aged 47 from Belfast.

D Wong on 1st April, 2019 wrote of Mary Mcilvee:

Mary McIlvee was 28 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Tyrone.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
MCILVEE, Mary. Per “Woodman”, 1823

1823 Jul 3:  Recently arrived per “Woodman”. Re place of assignment of her husband John who arrived in the Colony per “Almorah”, 1820; listed as Muckelwhee (Reel 6057; 4/1768 p.167)

1824 Nov 1:  Re permission to marry at Sydney; appears as McKilva (Reel 6013; 4/3512 p.690)
https://www.ancestry.com.au
New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856
Copies of Letters Sent Within The Colony, 1814-1827.

1824: Married John Donovan (Southworth 1822).
John Donovan’s wife, Elizabeth (Mahoney) arrived in NSW in 1826 and he went on to live with her.  Do not know what happened to Mary McIlvee after that - her 1st husband John McIlvee was still alive, he arrived on the ‘Almorah in 1820’.

Mary obviously enquired after her husband when she arrived, as per above.

17/8/1829: COF

D Wong on 31st March, 2019 wrote of James Billington:

27/4/1833 Northampton Mercury Northamptonshire, England:

James Billington, indicted for stealing, on the 5th Sept. last, in the dwelling-house of Robert Pettit, of Belton, 57 sovereigns and two half sovereigns, the property of the siad Robert Pettit, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to transportation for life.

James Billington was 18 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Rutlandshire.

James was literate, protestant, single, 5’4” tall, dark sallow complexion, brown hair and eyes, small scar outer corner of left eyebrow, scar inside fourth finger of right hand, small scar right shin, scar lower part of right side of neck.

1842: TOL, Parramatta

1842: Married Elizabeth Wicks, at the Church of England, Hunters Hill, NSW.
Children:

1846: John H
1849: Sarah A
1853: Rebecca A
1854: Isabella
1855: Robert
1857: Mary J
1859: Henry W
1861: Arthur T
1863: Sydney A
1865: Walter N
1867: Edward E
1869: Frederick C
1871: Ada E

25/1/1843: TOL Passport, Parramatta Bench.
31/12/1847: CP

16/3/1893: James died and was buried at the Field of Mars Cemetery, NSW.

17/3/1893 Evening News, Sydney:
THE Friends of Mr. JAMES BILLINGTON, sen. are respectfully invited to attend his funeral : to move from his late residence, Buffalo-road, Ryde, SATURDAY, March 18. at 3 o’clock, for the Field of Mars Cemetery.

Elizabeth died, aged 92, on 26/12/1917 and was buried at the Field of Mars Cemetery, NSW.

D Wong on 31st March, 2019 wrote of Patrick Lonergan:

Patrick was listed as Loudrigan on the Irish Convicts to NSW website.

Ancestry Convict Indents:
Patrick was transported for ‘making instruments for coining.  He was 5’7½” tall, brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion, married with 3 male and 1 female children.

Native Place: Tipperary.

1843: TOL Goulburn.
1847: COF

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:

APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION TO MARRY:
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

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