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Catharine Burns

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Catharine Burns
Aliases: Catherine Burns
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1836
Occupation: Country servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Arson
Convicted at: Limerick
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Blackfriar
Departure date: 24th January, 1851
Arrival date: 29th May, 1851
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 188 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts:Conduct Record, Indent, Colonial Family. Permission to marry ref. 52/1/7 pg 154. Newspapers online http://trove.nla.gov.au
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Community Contributions

Carol Axton-Thompson on 15th December, 2013 wrote:

Catharine Burns was convicted at Limerick on 13/04/1850 for arson - setting fire to hay. 15yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Blackfriar’, arriving 29/05/1851.
Gaol Report: 1st conviction, very good.
Ship Surgeon’s Report: very good.

Roman Catholic; single; aged 21yrs; country servant; 4’11”; dark complexion; dk blue eyes; dk brown hair; can read.
Native Place: Co. Limerick
Brother: Moses, in America.

Assignments in Colony:
New Town Farm
P. Snape, New Town

19/02/1853: delivered of a male child, James, at Cascades Female Factory, Hobart.

Application for permission to marry - recorded as “Catherine Burns & John Godsill”. Godsill transported on the St. Vincent.
25/05/1854: married John Godsell (born 1831). Ref. 759/1854-37.
Listed as a Colonial Family.

17/10/1854: Ticket of Leave
22/04/1856: Conditional Pardon

21/04/1876: Hobart Court - Larceny. 3mths hard labour.

31/08/1909: Approved for Old Age Pension.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 15th December, 2013 wrote:

31/01/1878: Hobart Court. SLY GROG SELLING. -Propsting v. Godsell. John and Catherine Godsell were charged with having, on the 10th day of January, sold a bottle of ale, not being the holders of licences. - Mr. Crisp appeared for the defendants, who pleaded not guilty.
The defendant was fined £20 and the costs of the case, or in default, three months’ hard labour.
The fine was paid.
(Mercury newspaper 2 Feb 1878)

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th December, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 15 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1836, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 15th December, 2013 made the following changes:

source, alias1

Carol Axton-Thompson on 15th December, 2013 made the following changes:


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