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Catherine Bullinger

Catherine Bullinger, one of 130 convicts transported on the William Bryan, 13 June 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Catherine Bullinger
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Maid
Date of Death: 15th June, 1858
Age: 56 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Receiving stolen property
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: William Bryan
Departure date: 13th June, 1833
Arrival date: 23rd October, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 130 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 143 (73)
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

Pauline Hortle on 14th July, 2014 wrote:

Born Catherine Townsend Timbrell in Bermondsey, England in 1795. Married John Pullinger in London in 1817. Second marriage to James Hulley 18th April 1835 in Launceston, Tasmania. Death 15th June 1858 in Benevolent Asylum in Melbourne, Victoria. Governess at time of her death. Surname of Bullinger was possibly a transcription error.

D Wong on 15th July, 2014 wrote:

Catherine was born between 1799(Founders and Survivors) and 1802(on her death certificate).

Catherine had 2 children, 1 child, Ann about 12 years old was on board with her.
Her husband was tried with her and sentenced to 7 years transportation.  Can’t find him on the convicts lists, perhaps he served his time on the hulks.  She stated ‘I left him in the Penitentiary’.

1833: Assigned to Mr John Parkinson
1835 muster: Married to James Hillux/hully/halley.
Catherine and James Hulley had no children.

Her daughter was Ann (P)Bullinger. She married into the infamous Tait family and had 7 children.

Catherine Hully was a witness to her daughter Ann’s marriage to James Tait on 21/09/1836.

10/5/1838: TOL
5/11/1840: CP
22/12/1842: Free Pardon

James Hulley (Prince of Orange 1822) was a hat maker/ labourer/shoe maker.
6/7/1835: James was charged with assaulting his Wife Catherine Hulley to appear at the Quarter Sessions. and to Keep the Peace / H. W.

In 1847 he married Catherine Rowe/Cundy.  She arrived in VDL with her family and was now a widow with 4 children.
17/5/1847: - daughter Emiline Grace christened at St James church Melbourne.1852 - son Samuel Albert born at Melbourne.

Perhaps she went searching for her husband in Melbourne in 1841, only to find him in another relationship with Catherine Rowe/Cundy.

Convict Changes History

Pauline Hortle on 14th July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of death: 15th June, 1858 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 15th July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1802 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation

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