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James Conlan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Conlan
Aliases: Conden
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1789
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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Ireland. Kildare
Sentence term: Life
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; Irish Convicts to New South Wales 1788-1849, by Peter Mayberry
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Dianne Jones on 19th July, 2020 wrote:

TRIED: Spring 1818 (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

Dianne Jones on 19th July, 2020 wrote:

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

Dianne Jones on 19th July, 2020 wrote:

1818, 1 APRIL:
JAMES CONLAN imprisoned at Naas, Kildare, for burglary and under sentence of Death, petitions for leniency (document PPC 4114). “Convict states that he is the sole support of his aged father and a large family.” Petition is “signed by the inhabitants of Naas, Co Kildare, where the convict reside [sic]” (see https://www.nationalarchives.ie/article/penal-transportation-records-ireland-australia-1788-1868-2/).

1818, 25 July:
Admitted to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin; transferred by the Government; prisoner #3903 (see Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924; Dublin, Kilmainham, 1815-1910).

Dianne Jones on 19th July, 2020 wrote:

1819, 25 August: James CONLAN 30, 5’5”, fair ruddy complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes, native place Naas, County Kildare (see NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Bound Indentures 1818-1819).

1822, Sep-October: James Conlan per Mary sentenced to death; commuted to transportation to Port Macquarie. Listed in reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction. Listed as CONDEN, he was charged with two other men – William Smith and Michael Mullen, with feloniously stealing and killing one cow. Each entered a plea of guilty. Each was sentenced to death, with their sentences commuted to transportation to Port Macquarie (see New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856, p65).

1822, 19 November: James Conlan per Mary on a list of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson” (see New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856, pp 376-7).

Dianne Jones on 19th July, 2020 wrote:

1822, 27 September: From the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, p2:
“Sydney: William Smith, Michael Mullin, and James Conden [Conlan] were indicted for stealing a heifer, at Minto, on the 28th of June last, the property of Mrs. Mary Reibey. The prisoner Smith pleaded Guilty.

“Charles Fell deposed that he was a stock-keeper in the employ of Mr. Chippendall, at Minto, and that on the day named in the information he lost a heifer from the flock [sic] of which he had the charge. Next morning he went in search of the animal, and about a mile from his master’s house he saw a man (the prisoner Smith) in a field of wheat; that he enquired of him whether any cattle had been seen in that quarter, and was answered in the negative. The man had an axe, and seemed to be burying something in the earth. As soon as Smith left the spot, the witness went towards it, and found the hide of a beast only half covered; that he examined the same, and it turned out to be the skin of the very animal he was in quest of, having the brand M. R. remaining (happily for the ends of justice) undestroyed. He took the hide immediately to his master, Mr. Chippendall, whose testimony went to corroborate that of his stockman, with this addition only, that upon further search, three bags of beef were found contiguous to the spot, and not far distant from the huts of a clearing gang; that which the prisoners at the bar occupied was about half a-quarter of a mile off.

“The testimony of John Chippendall also agreed with the foregoing.

“Anthony Bogan, overseer of the gang to which the prisoners belonged, deposed that he was employed on the estate of Wm. Howe, Esquire; that upon the evening of the 28th June last, he mustered the prisoners and found them all in their hut, with three others, whose names were McCarthy, Bell, and another Smith.

“An approver of the name of John Bell, deposed, that he slept in the hut with the prisoners, and that upon the night mentioned, the head of a beast was brought in by them, and cooked. Daniel McCarthy, another of the parties implicated in this transaction, further reluctantly deposed that the prisoner Wm. Smith, who pleaded guilty, killed the animal with an axe while he held it by the horns, and that the other prisoners, Conden and Mullin, were present. The prisoners were adjudged Guilty.— Remanded.”

Dianne Jones on 19th July, 2020 wrote:

1822, 25 October: From the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, p2:
“MONDAY.—This day, at one o’clock, the Court reassembled and the various prisoners, who had been found Guilty during the sessions, but upon whom sentence had not been passed, were now brought up to receive judgment.

“James Marra, Patrick Skeffington, William Smith, Michael Mullin, James Conden [CONLAN], John Connor, John Fitzsimmons, Patrick Anderry, Edward Mahon, Isaac Cooke, Dennis Morrissey, William Poole, Thomas Peacock, Robert Cammell, Michael Clensey, William Davidson, Charles Lovell, Valentine Wood, William Baxter, James Gardiner, Dennis Howard, John Wilkinson, James Davis, John Northall, Charles Spratt, John Antonio, Henry Bridge, Daniel Clark, Felix Patshaw, Thomas Dwyer, George Hasler, Thomas Till, John Doyle; and John Chaell, severally received SENTENCE of DEATH!”

Dianne Jones on 7th August, 2020 wrote:

1825: James CONLAN – convict – Mary 1819, life; government employee, Port Macquarie (see NSW and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849, New South Wales General muster A-L 1825).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 19th July, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849; Irish Convicts to New South Wales 1788-1849, by Peter Mayberry (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Conlan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , d

Dianne Jones on 19th July, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, crime

Dianne Jones on 19th July, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Conden

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