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John Begley

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Begley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Bencoolen
Departure date: 24th April, 1819
Arrival date: 25th August, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 84 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts
Source description:

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Community Contributions

Nell Murphy on 17th September, 2016 wrote:

John BEGLEY was convicted at Dublin in Sept 1818. 7yr transportation sentence. Sent to NSW, Australia per the ‘Bencoolen’ then transferred to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Admiral Cockburn’ arriving Sept 1819.

Aged 24 yrs; shoemaker; 5’6”; blue eyes; dk brown hair; sallow complexion.
Native Place - Armagh

Assignments in the Colony of VDL:
27 March 1820: neglect of duty. 25 lashes.
26 May 1820: steal of whale boat and sailing equipment in an attempt to abscond from Hobart Town. 200 lashes and recommended to be returned to New South Wales. (does not appear to be have transferred)
11 Dec 1821: absent from Road Gang Hut, at New Norfolk (Tas). To be confined in the watch house at night.
28 May 1822: Drunk & insolent to the Constable. 25 lashes.
18 Oct 1822: Drunk & disorderly. 25 lashes and confined to watch house at night.
7 Feb 1823: Assault on the Rev. Samuel Marsden with intent to commit a felony. 100 lashes & to be sent to Macquarie Harbour for the remainder of his sentence. (known for it’s harsh treatment of convict servants and an outpost from main civilization)
5 April 1823: Not assisting the overseer to apprehend 7 prisoners. 25 lashes, commuted.
13 July 1824: Rioting & fighting. 25 lashes.
Ticket of Leave granted.
17 July 1827: Drunk. Fined.

31 Aug 1825: Neglect of duty. Reprimanded.

Maureen Withey on 17th January, 2020 wrote:

Hobart Town Gazette, 21 Jan 1826
GOVERNMENT PUBLIC NOTICE. Secretary’s Office, Hobart Town, January 19, 1826.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom, and Tickets of Leave, during the last Week :
John Begley ... Bencoolen

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 17th September, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Begley, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1795, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

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