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Stephen Bell

John McCabe, one of 250 convicts transported on the William Hammond, 03 January 1856

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Stephen Bell
Aliases: John Mccabe
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1834
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: 17th July, 1876
Age: 42 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: York. General Quarter Sessions Pontefract
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: William Hammond
Departure date: 3rd January, 1856
Arrival date: 29th March, 1856
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 173 (88)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

Rob Garton-Smith on 10th September, 2017 wrote:

In 1894, John McCabe was convicted of blowing up the Catholic Presbytery in York, Western Australia and the attempted murder of Father Gibney.  He was seeking revenge because Father Gibney had permitted Nora Cronin to enter the Mercy order, thereby avoiding marrying McCabe.

D Wong on 10th September, 2017 wrote:

**The contribution above does not relate to this man - the John McCabe mentioned was listed as a young Irish man and by the date of the bombing, Stephen bell had already died**.

Listed as Stephen Bell ALIAS John McCabe on arrival in WA.

Stephen Bell was 19 years old when transported for ‘Stealing a brace of pistols’.

Stephen was single, 5’3” tall, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, round face, fresh complexion, stout bild, scar right eyebrow.

29/3/1856: TOL
12/4/1869: COF

17/7/1876: Stephen died at Toodyay, WA.  Listed on the WA BDM as Stephen Bell, aged 42.

Convict Changes History

Rob Garton-Smith on 10th September, 2017 made the following changes:

surname: Mccabe (prev. McCabe)

D Wong on 10th September, 2017 made the following changes:

firstname: Stephen (prev. John), surname: Bell (prev. Mccabe), alias1: John Mccabe, date of birth: 1834 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th July, 1876 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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