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John Cavanagh

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Cavanagh
Aliases: Cavenagh, James Cavanagh
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Unknown
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: Burglary
Convicted at: Cork City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 25th May, 1819
Arrival date: 26th August, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts

References

Primary source: NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849
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Dianne Jones on 10th July, 2020 wrote:

OCCUPATION is not “Not known”. He is a schoolboy (aged just 12) (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

He is one of the youngest prisoners on the Mary.

Dianne Jones on 10th July, 2020 wrote:

CRIME: Burglary and felony (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

D Wong on 10th July, 2020 wrote:

John Cavanagh was listed as 13 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Cork City.

Occupation: Schoolboy.

John was 4’7” tall, fair pale complexion, brown hair, blue eyes.

Colonial Secretary Index:
CAVANAGH, John. Per “Mary”, 1819

1822 Jun 4:  On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6009, 4/3505 p.377; Reel 6019, 4/3864 pp.360-1)

13/5/1825: COF - Sent to Port Macqauarie 22/5/1822 for the remainder of original sentence for a Burglary.

11/8/1825: COF - 19 years old, 5’0½” tall.
5/10/1825: COF
2/2/1826: COF
1/4/1834: COF - 16/1/1827 tried in Sydney for Street Robbery - 7 years…Carpenter, 5’1½” tall, sallow complexion, brown mixed with grey hair, blue eyes, nose a little cocked.

Dianne Jones on 29th July, 2020 wrote:

1822: James (John) CAVANAGH – convict, 14 years [incorrect; it’s 7 years] – Mary 1819, government employment, Sydney (see NSW and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849, NSW General muster 1822).

Dianne Jones on 31st July, 2020 wrote:

1822, 22 May: John CAVANAGH per Mary (1) – sentenced, by the Sydney Bench, to serve two years at Port Macquarie for burglary. This record from Port Macquarie gives his date of conviction as 12 June 1822 (see NSW, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891; Port Macquarie Penal Settlement; Port Macquarie: List of Convicts, 1822-1825).

1822, 4 June: John Cavanagh per Mary, sent to Port Macquarie, per Lady Nelson.

1825, 13 May: John CAVANAGH – Certificate of Freedom #73/3696 – per Mary 1, 1819; tried at Cork City, Summer 1818, 7 years; native place Cork; schoolboy, 19, 5’0½”, sallow complexion, brown hair and blue eyes. Remarks: “Sentenced to Port Macquarie 22 May 1822 for remainder of his original sentence for a burglary.” (see Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1827-1867)

Dianne Jones on 31st July, 2020 wrote:

1826, 2 February: John CAVANAGH was issued with another Certificate of Freedom #23/4823 in lieu of No 12/4364, issued on 11 August 1825, which was returned mutilated and cancelled. Aged 19 but height is given as 6’0½” [subsequent records show this is an error], otherwise his physical description is the same as for earlier certificate in 1825. A notation on this certificate says it was “torn up on 9 January 1829 it having been returned to this office by John Carroll of Tyne, a Ticket of Leave holder. Cavanagh was transported to Norfolk Island for seven years by the Quarter Sessions held in Sydney 16 January 1827.”

1827, 16 January: Described as John CAVENAGH, he appeared before the Quarter Sessions, Sydney. He was found guilty of a street robbery, and sentenced to seven years’ transportation (see The Australian, 17 Jan 1827, p3).

1827, 19 June: John CAVANAGH per Mary, cabinet maker, admitted to prison hulk Phoenix, having been sentenced on 16 January 1827, by the Quarter Sessions in Sydney, to 7 years for street robbery (see NSW, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891; Phoenix Hulk: Entrance Books, 1825-1831).

1828, 12 December: John CAVANAGH per Mary is one of 13 prisoners returned from Norfolk Island per HM schooner Isabella. No explanation given; and not able to find a record of his return again to Norfolk Island between this date and March 1834 (see New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891; Phoenix Hulk: Entrance Books, 1825-1831).

Dianne Jones on 31st July, 2020 wrote:

1834, 1 March: John CAVANAGH per Mary, carpenter, per Isabella from Norfolk Island to the Phoenix Hulk; free of colonial sentence; disposed of to Hyde Park Barracks on 4 March 1834 (see NSW, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891; Phoenix Hulk: Entrance Books, 1833-1837).

1834, 1 April: Granted a Certificate of Freedom #34/317. By now his trade is a carpenter, and his previous conviction in Ireland is no longer listed. Instead the certificate gives his conviction for street robbery, his trial at the Sydney Quarter Sessions on 16 January 1827, and his sentence of 7 years. He is now 5’1½” with a sallow complexion, brown mixed with grey hair, and blue eyes. His nose is a little cocked. The certificate has been overwritten in two places: “…Notice delivered 27 May 46” and a second notation says “P… 29 May 1846” (see NSW, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1827-1867; Butts of Certificates of Freedom 1834, April, All Records).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 10th July, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849 (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Cavanagh, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1806, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation,

Dianne Jones on 10th July, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, crime

D Wong on 10th July, 2020 made the following changes:

occupation

Dianne Jones on 31st July, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Cavenagh, alias2: James Cavanagh

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