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James Callaghan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Callaghan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1767
Occupation: Labourer
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: Kilkenny, Ireland
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 14th July, 1816
Arrival date: 20th December, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 62 other convicts


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Nell Murphy on 30th November, 2015 wrote:

James Callaghan was transported to New South Wales on the “Surrey” 1816.
Transferred from Sydney to Newcastle. 6mths gaol with hard labour.

From Limerick, Ireland.

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database.
James Callaghan, age 49, per ship Surry I (2) 1816;Tried at Kilkenny Co. 1816, native of Limerick, trade- dealer labourer.

James Callaghan was sent to Moreton Bay penal settlement, arriving there 2 June 1826.

Moreton Bay Convict Register
James Callaghar, Surry 2, tried at Kilkenny Co, Mar 1816, 7 years. Labourer.  Colonial sentence: Quar. Sess. Sydney, 7 Feb 1826, 3 years for Felony. To Sydney, 24 Feb 1829.
Description: James Callaghan, age 63, native of Kilkenny, 5ft 4 ½ . Dark complexion, brown hair, brown eyes.

Quarter Sessions. (Tuesday).
James Callaghan, a miserable looking old man, was found guilty of stealing three table cloths, three pair of stockings, and a copper teakettle, from Captain Logan, 57th regt. on the 2d of February. Sentenced to be transported for three years to a penal settlement.
The Australian (Sydney)Thurs 9 Feb 1826.

James Colligan was indicted for stealing a copper tea-kettle, three breakfast table cloths, and other articles, the property of Captain Logan of the 57th Regiment, on the 2d day of February.  George Jilks, a constable, deposed, that he met the prisoner with the property in the street, at an early hour in the morning ; that suspecting that he had not come honestly by it, and his own account being unsatisfactory, he took him into custody.
Captain Logan identified the property as his.
—Guilty, To be transported for 3 years.  Sydney Gazette, 8 Feb 1826.

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2020 wrote:

Certificate of Freedom obtained during the last week:
Surry (2) – James Callaghan.
Sydney Gazette, 1 May 1823.

This sounds as though it may be the same person:

James Callaghan, free, well known to the police officers as a common mendicant, and depraved character, and who had been found in a cart in the Market-place, at a late hour of the night, in company with some dead pigs ; one of them he had removed, and was in the act of handing over to some accomplices on the spot, who, when he was detected, very suddenly decamped, was sentenced to the gaol, at the house of correction for 2 months.
Sydney Gazette, 25 Aug 1825.

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2020 wrote:

BEGGING IN SYDNEY.-There are few places in world where begging is more inexcusable than in Sydney at the present day, where the young and hale may provide themselves with support by labor, and the old and infirm are, by the generous donations of the public, provided with an Asylum.  The public have frequently been cautioned against encouraging the importunities of mendicants at their doors by mistaken acts of charity, as every day furnished new proofs of its impropriety, from the intoxicated state of numbers of objects to which benevolence had become a dupe. Real objects of charity gladly avail themselves of the blessings of die institution, while those of vicious principles continue as a pest on the streets, and arc frequently detected in pilfering from the unwary. As the evil seems to be on the increase, the exercise of an Act for the suppression of vagrancy will become necessary. While writing on this subject, it may not be unseasonable to notice the following fact : An old man, of wretched appearance, named James Callaghan, called at the shop of a baker named Carmichael, in Kent-street, on Monday morning last, and while a person in the shop was in the act of relieving him, he seized a quartern loaf, and made off with it, but was followed and lodged into custody, and committed for the offence.
Sydney Herald, 21 Nov 1833.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 30th November, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: www.jenwilletts.com (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Callaghan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Nell Murphy on 1st December, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, date of birth: 1767 (prev. 0000)

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