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Daniel Alone

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Daniel Alone
Aliases: Elone, Ellone
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 16th June, 1887
Age: 74 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Ireland, Down
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Andromeda
Departure date: 28th August, 1830
Arrival date: 18th December, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 3 other convicts


Primary source: New South Wales, Australia,Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867
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John Miller on 5th August, 2019 wrote:

Tried County Down 25 Mar 1830 Sailed 28 Aug 1830 Arr Sydney Cove 18 Dec 1830 Assigned to Cornelius Prout. Granted TOL 26 Mar 1845 Pardon 3 Sep 1850

John Miller on 6th August, 2019 wrote:

Daniel was convict number 167 on the vessel “Andromeda II”, which sailed from Cork, Ireland on the 28th August 1830 under Master Robert Parkin.  The ship’s surgeon was George Fairfowl.  On board there were 181 male convicts. The vessel arrived in Sydney Cove on the 18th December 1830.  172 convicts survived the trip. Daniel was described as being 17 years of age, he could read, Catholic, single and came from Tyrone County and was a farm labourer (Reaps and milks).  He was physically described as being 5 foot 3 ¾ inches (this was later changed to 5 foot 5 inches, so it appears that at 17 he was not fully grown).  He had a ruddy and freckled complexion and he had brown hair and hazel eyes.  He had a slight diagonal scar over the left eye and a small scar under the left eye.  The pupil of the left eye was inclined inwards. He was tried in County Down on the 25th March 1830 for highway robbery, convicted and given a life sentence.  He had no former convictions.  On arrival in Sydney he was assigned to Cornelius Prout who had a property “Belle Ombre” on the Cook’s River, running from today’s Canterbury Road to Clissold Parade Campsie. The following extract was taken from “The Return of Punishments 1833”: “Daniel ALONE, Andromeda. Grossly neglecting his duty, 50 lashes. The prisoner cried loudly at the 2nd and repeated his cries at every lash, at the 12th lash the blood was flowing largely, the prisoner seemed to suffer intense agony.  I am of the opinion that this man was sufficiently punished at the 25th lash. Daniel ALONE states that he was flogged last Saturday, but the marks of the punishment on his back were very slight indeed, this proves the necessity – not of increased punishment – but of the presence of some responsible officer of character, whenever punishment is inflicted”.
The “General Return of Convicts” in NSW 1837 shows that he was still working for Cornelius Prout.  This record was not an actual count in 1837 but was compiled from the 1836 census which is now lost. The records show that he absconded on the 12th February 1837 from Michael Casey, Nelson Plains (Hunter District).  His capture and punishment are unknown.  In May 1839, Daniel and three other convicts, still assigned to Michael Casey where charged with threating language, disobeying orders and bringing false charges against their master.  Daniel was convicted of all three charges and was sentenced to two months on the treadmill for the threatening language charge and 50 lashes each for both disobeying orders and bringing false charges against his master.  Before the sentences were carried out, a Roman Catholic Chaplain, the Reverend E. Maloney told the Police Magistrate that the men were telling the truth and that Michael Casey was not a fit person to have convicts assigned to him.  The magistrate then rescinded the sentences.  This caused a legal controversy and there were a lot of letters passed between the Governor, the Solicitor General and the Attorney General as to if the Magistrate could convict and pass sentence and then rescind the sentence.  The four convicts were taken from Michael Casey and placed in police custody until they were re-assigned. Daniel absconded again and I don’t know from who or where but remained on the run until his arrest at G.B. Christmas, Appin on the 7th Sept 1842.  He was tried on the 8th Sept 1842 at Hyde Park Barracks and given a sentence of two years in irons to be served on Cockatoo Island.  On the 4th March 1844 the Principal Superintendent of Convicts wrote that Daniel had served 18 months of his sentence with good conduct and recommended that the residue of his sentence be remitted.  On the 14th he was released from Cockatoo Island.  It appears he was sent to Moreton Bay where Daniel was granted a “Ticket of Leave” 45/641.  The butt details show that it was written out on the 26th March 1845.  The ticket was granted on the authority of The Governor 45/2063 and the condition was that he stayed in the Moreton Bay area.
He became a police constable and he married Margaret Smith.  Written across the butt is a notation that he was given a conditional pardon in 1849.  This was confirmed in the Government Gazette on the 3rd September 1850.  The only conditions to the pardon were that he couldn’t return to The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Daniel was in charge of a police party looking for aborigines that had killed John Uhr in 1846.  He was district constable until 1856 when he was dismissed.  The following is a report from “The North Australian” 7th Oct 1856 edition.  “At the Police Office on Monday, Daniel Alone, district constable was brought up on a charge of gross violation of duty in withholding evidence relevant to a prisoner named Larkin who was committed for larceny a few days prior.  The case fully proved, he was dismissed from the Police Force”. In 1858 Daniel moved away from Ipswich to work for a Mr. Gore up country.  Catherine didn’t want to leave Ipswich.  Daniel tried to force her to go with him by selling off everything and leaving her destitute.  Catherine wasn’t going to take this lying down so she took him to court.  On the 9th March 1858 the case was heard.  Catherine must have been a strong woman because in her evidence she stated that she didn’t wish to accompany her husband because he wouldn’t allow her “have her own way”.  “The Bench decided that she must follow her husband and no right to a maintenance in any place she chose to reside”.  It would appear the she followed the court order because they had two more children.  (I think there is a possibility that Mr. Gore may have been a politician from the Warwick area). Daniel remained in the Ipswich area at least until 1864 where the following appeared in the newspaper: “I hereby give notice that I will not be accountable for any debts contracted in my name from this date without my written authority.  Daniel Alone Ipswich. 11th January 1864”.  In 1866 he purchased four blocks of land at Cardwell N. Qld, three in his name and one in his daughter Margaret’s name. 
Margaret, who was in and out of a mental institution in Brisbane said in 1871that her father was working with The Customs in Bowen.  I have not been able to substantiate this. About 1876 Daniel spent some time on the Hodgkinson Gold Field (west of Port Douglas).  It was here that he must have become debilitated with Hernia and Chest Disease and was sent back to Townsville and then to Brisbane.  Daniel died at the Benevolent Asylum Dunwhich, Queensland on the 16th. June 1887.  The register shows “Alone” spelt “Elone” (most likely to cover his convict past).  The Death Register number is C002870. The following is a record of his time at Dunwhich: ? Age 56 Admitted 20th _ _ _ 1879 (actually 10 years older); ? Admitted from: Townsville, recommended by PM Hodginson Hospital 5 weeks; ? Cause of Admission: Debility, Hernia, Chest Disease; ? Born: Ct. Tyrone, Ireland; ? Religion: RC; ? Trade: Labourer, Ex-Constable; ? Education: (Not sure looks like) ROM; ? Father’s name: Peter Elone. Occupation: Farmer, Soldier 17 Reg. ? Mother’s name: MacNay; ? Married: Twice, second wife at Helidon ? Children: One daughter – widow Mary O’Reilly – employed at Woogaroo. One, Mrs Ahern at Charters Towers, single daughter Townsville.  Son, last heard of at Roma. History: Came to Sydney – ship “Andromeda“ in 1830 with my parents.  Came to Moreton Bay about 39 years ago.  Was seven years in the Police Force.  My health failed about two years ago while at the Hodgkinson Diggins (note in pencil “Modssman”) Absent on leave: 12 – 18 Sept. 1879 Discharged: 26 August 1880 Readmitted: 21 October 1880 Absent on Leave: 13 to 31 March 1881 Discharged: 12 August 1881 Readmitted: 12 March 1886 Died: 16 June 1887

Julie Ling on 15th September, 2019 wrote:

Son named Michael Alone 1857-1943. Married Theresa Lynch 1860-1923. Daughter Daisy married Edward Ling. Son Colin Ling married Annie Brampton,  4 daughters including me, Julie Ling.

Convict Changes History

John Miller on 5th August, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 15 years, voyage, source: New South Wales, Australia,Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867 (prev. ), firstname: Daniel, surname: Alone, alias1: Elone, alias2: Ellone, alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, d

John Miller on 6th August, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000)

John Miller on 6th August, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 6th August, 2019 made the following changes:

term: 99 years (prev. 15 years), date of death: 16th June, 1887 (prev. 0000)

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