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Robert Callaghan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Callaghan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Postillion
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Ireland, Cavan
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Waterloo
Departure date: 18th December, 1830
Arrival date: 30th April, 1831
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 61 other convicts


Primary source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts.
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Dennis Nightingale on 12th June, 2015 wrote:

Born - Cavan Ireland. Single

Dennis Nightingale on 12th June, 2015 wrote:

129887 Callaghan Robert - Waterloo 1831.  AO NSW Principal Superintendent of convicts. Indents. Fiche No. 696 pp 1 - 52.
Postillion age 16 from Cavan. Sentenced to 7 years transportation for stealing lace. Tried 13 October 1830.

31810 Callaghan Robert - Waterloo 1831.  1833 12 August Newcastle BB.
Attached to Iron Gang. Found guilty of insolence. Sentenced to 20 lashes.

166845 Callaghan Robert - Waterloo 1831.
Granted Certificate of Freedom.

66848 Callaghan Robert - Waterloo 1831.  19 July 1847 Gabo Island SMH.
    GABO ISLAND. H.M. schooner Bramble returned from Gabo Island on Saturday last, having been unsuccessful in securing the supposed runaway convicts on that island, they having made their escape prior to her arrival there. She experienced very bad weather during the whole of the passage down, and did not arrive there un-til Thursday last, having sailed hence on the3rd instant. The night she left this port she encountered a heavy gale from the southward, and had the misfortune to carry away her jib-boom and topsail-yard, also lost one of her boats. The following letters, one from Mr. Powell, Inspector of Water Police, respecting the supposed convicts, and the other from Dr. McClatchie, Assistant Surgeon of the Bramble, giving a description of Gabo Island, have been handed to us by Lieutenant Yule for publication :— H.M.S. Bramble, 14th July, 1847. Sir, —I have the honour to lay before you the following statement relative to the course pursued, and the information I received concerning the six runaway convicts who escaped from Van Diemen’s Land in May last, and supposed to be on Gabo Island. On my landing on the said island about 12.30 P.M. this day, accompanied by two officers, two marines, and a boat’s crew belonging to U.M.S. Bramble, we proceeded to the dwelling of Mr. Rogers, where we saw Mr. Morris. I stated to him the purpose of our visit to the island, namely, that I had been sent by the Government of New South Wales to assist in the capture of six run-away convicts from Van Diemen’s Land. The following is the information I received from Mr. Rogers, the per- son in charge of the island :— That on the 13th ultimo, a boat with six men, who represented themselves as shipwrecked seamen ,touched at the island, but did not land, although advised to do so by Mr. Rogers. On the following day, the 14th, three of the men again came to the island, in a boat belonging to a person named Robinson, who re-sides near Cape Howe, and agreed to remain and wor k for Mr. Morris, the contractor. From the description given of the said three men, and other information which I received, I have not the slightest doubt but they are the men named in the margin —(Robert Callaghan, per Waterloo 2, 1831 ; Thomas Jackson, per Strathisla, free, 1837 ; John Grounds, a native of Parramatta). The other three men not again making their appearance, it is supposed that they made the best of their way to some of the stations in the interior. On the night of the last mentioned day, Messrs. Morris and Rogers, not believing the men’s statement, thought it advisable to adopt some means to secure them on the island; they accordingly called their workmen together for that purpose, but the whole of them refused to as-sist to secure the men. In consequence of which Mr.Morris wrote a letter to Mr. Brierley, the magistrate at Twofold Bay, stating the circumstance, and requesting assistance from that quarter, but received no answer. The letter was despatched on the 15th ultimo, and the next morning the three men left the island in the same boat they came in, and proceeded in the direction of Cape Howe; they have not since been seen. Mr.Morris further states that he wrote a second letter to Mr. Brierley on the 9th instant. I examined the whole of the workmen on the island,found them to be all free men, and from my knowledge of Mr. Morris, I have every reason to believe the whole of his statement to be correct. I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient servant, THOMAS J. POWELL, Inspector of Water Police.

130764 Callaghan Robert - Waterloo 1831.  1847 24 July Gabo Island (off-shore from the Victoria, NSW border MM.
One of 6 men who called at Gabo Island in a whaleboat. Accepted work on the island but suspected of being a runaway. Avoided capture and escaped again in the whaleboat in the direction of Cape Howe.

Convict Changes History

Dennis Nightingale on 12th June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. (prev. ), firstname: Robert, surname: Callaghan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1815, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Dennis Nightingale on 12th June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, occupation, crime

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