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Cornelius Cagney

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Cornelius Cagney
Aliases: Cayney
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Cork
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 14th November, 1817
Arrival date: 1st April, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 29 other convicts


Primary source: Colonial Secretary Index. Convict Index. Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
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Maureen Withey on 14th June, 2021 wrote:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Cornelius Cayney, age 47, Guildford (2) 1818, Tried Cork Co., 1817, 7 years. DOB 1771, native of Cork Co. Labourer.


3. Cornelius Cagney, per Guildford (3) ; 50 yrs. old ; nat. of County of Limerick ; 5 ft. 7½ in ; hazel eyes ; brown hair ; dark pale complexion ; Govt. Servt. to T. Wilson, supposed to be in the District of Appin.
Sydney Gazette, 17 May 1822.


THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates, Absolute Pardon, or Tickets of Leave, in the Course of the last Week:
Ticket of Leave
Guildford (3), Cornelius Cagney, Appin;
Sydney Gazette, 10 Apr 1823.


Colonial Secretary Index.

CAGNEY, Cornelius. Per “Guildford”, 1818.

1824 Jan 19-Feb 19
To be transported for life. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 p.121)
1824 Apr 14
On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Sally” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.120, 470-1)


CRIMINAL COURT.— WEDNESDAY.— Cornelius Cagney was indicted for forging, and uttering knowing to be forged, a certain will, purporting to be the last will and testament of one Patrick Dayly, thereby intending to defraud Timothy Dayly, the heir at law, of the goods, chattels, and effects of the said Patrick Dayly. This transaction had been sent from the Supreme Court before the present tribunal, as in that Court the forgery was first discovered. The prisoner was found Guilty.—Remanded.
Sydney Gazette, 29 Jan 1824.

1828 Census Index.
Cornelius Cagney, per Guildford, sentence, Life, King Geo’s Sound.


Convict Index.

Cornelius Cagney, per Guildford 1818, Ticket of Leave, 34/969. District, Port Macquarie; Born Lim Co; Trade, labourer; Tried, Sydney CC/ Cork.

Cornelius Cagney, per Guildford 1818, Conditional Pardon, 1 Oct 1841. 42/265.

Cornelius Cagney, per Guildford 1818, Recommended Conditional Pardon, 1 Oct 1841. Recommended by Henry Smyth; Archibald Innes; William Howe JP; F Allman PM; J F A Goold CC.

Cornelius Cagney, per Guildford 1818, Colonial Pardon, 31 Mar 1843. 43/001. Remarks: Tried County Cork Aug 1817.


The 1828 Census Index gives the information that Cornelius Cagney was at King George’s Sound.  This was settled in 1827 and used as a penal sttlement for some time. It would appear that Cornelius was one of the earliest prisoners there.  Maybe he was one of the 23 prisoners referred to in this (part of) newpaper report? (The article is much longer and is continued in the newspaper)

Hobart Town Gazette, 7 Apr 1827.
The brig Amity sailed from Sydney on the 9th of November last, with Major Lockyer, of the 57th regiment, as commandant, a detachment of twenty of the 39th, twenty-three prisoners, and a surgeon, to form a settlement at this place. After experiencing much bad weather and contrary winds, during which the brig touched at George-town, and having suffered severely in a gale at Storm-bay, came up to Hobart-town to refit on the 1st of December; the party arrived safe at King George’s Sound, and anchored in Princess Royal harbour, about a mile from the shore, on the 25th of the same month. The vessel was piloted into this noble basin by Lieutenant Festing of the Fly ; it is nine miles in circumference with a narrow entrance from the east. On landing they were met by two natives and a boy, who came up without the slightest hesitation. Major Lockyer immediately proceeded to explore the country, in order to find the most eligible situation for a town. The general character of the soil was sand with a mixture of vegetable mould, and on ascending a high hill they had an extensive view of the country round with both harbours and the sound. A range of lofty hills composed of white sand and granite rocks presented itself from Bald-head as far as the eye could reach to the westward. A beautiful spot, well watered, and surrounded by hills rising in a gentle slope in the form of an amphitheatre, facing the anchorage, was finally fixed upon to pitch the camp. Behind these hills is a considerable plain of good grass and a large lake of fresh water. The plants and animals were found to be mostly the same as in Van Diemen’s Land. There are three species of honeysuckle, one, which when burned, produces a pleasant aromatic perfume. Kangaroo, of a large size were plentiful ; the quarters of one, when dressed, weighed each about 18 or 20 pounds. Fish were most abundant and of the finest quality, one haul of the sein producing upwards of five hundred pounds weight. Having fixed upon the spot, the business of settling went on with vigour. Stores, huts and barracks were built, and gardens laid out and cropped. Several of the ewes had died on the passage, but the remainder and the hogs were landed in good health. A fort was formed with some pieces of ordnance, and a flag-staff erected. The tide flows and ebbs only once in 24 hours, flowing from 8 in the morning till 8 at night, and ebbing from that time till morning again, the rise and fall being not more than from 3 to 4 feet.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 14th June, 2021 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Colonial Secretary Index. Convict Index. Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. (prev. ), firstname: Cornelius, surname: Cagney, alias1: Cayney, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1771, date of dea

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