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Roger Conlon

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Roger Conlon
Aliases: Conlan
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 16th June, 1873
Age: 79 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: House robbery
Convicted at: Roscommon
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Dorothy
Departure date: 5th May, 1820
Arrival date: 29th September, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 192 other convicts

References

Primary source: 1. NSW, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls… 1790-1849 2. NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Bound Indentures 1820-1821 3. NSW Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1856, p292 4. NSW Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834; NSW Male A-K 1820
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Dianne Jones on 20th June, 2020 wrote:

1820: Sentenced to 7 years for house robbery; convicted at Roscommon, Summer 1819 (NSW, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls… 1790-1849).

1820: Roger Conlon, native of Roscommon, labourer, 27, 5’5”, dark complexion, black hair and hazel eyes (see NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Bound Indentures 1820-1821).

1820, 29 September: Convict disembarked from the “Dorothy” assigned to Sir John Jamison of Regentville, Evan (see NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856, p292).

Note: Physician, landowner and constitutional reformer Sir John Jamison was born in Ireland and arrived in the colony as surgeon’s mate in the First Fleet. “He inherited several grazing properties close to Sydney, including 1000 acres (405 ha) near Penrith… [A]s the chief representative of the immigrant settler class, [Jamison] presided over many important meetings in the 1830s to agitate for representative government and trial by jury.” (see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/jamison-sir-john-2268)

1820: Roger Conlon per Dorothy (NSW Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834; NSW Male A-K 1820).

Dianne Jones on 20th June, 2020 wrote:

1825, 11 January: Servant of James Byrne of Evan; attestation as to his character for a ticket of leave. He is described as “an honest, sober and industrious character, having served faithfully James Byrne residing in the district from the 11th December 1820 to the 11th January 1825”. His referees are James Byrne (Master), Henry Fulton (Clergyman) and James MacHenry (Resident Magistrate) (see NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856; Special Bundles, 1794-1825).

1825, 13 January: Granted Ticket of Leave – District of Evan; native of Co of Roscommon, labourer; born 1794; 5’5”, ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes (see NSW Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869; Register of tickets of leave, 1824-1827).

1825, 24 October: On lists of Government servants in the employ of James Byrne, landholder of Evan; from 1820 to 1823 (see NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856, p561).

1826, 27 July: Certificate of Freedom – Roger Conlon, labourer, 32 (see NSW Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1827-1867; Register of Certificates of Freedom).

Dianne Jones on 20th June, 2020 wrote:

1838: Around this time, Roger goes to work for John Black Jnr on the Black’s leasehold property at Castle Hill, according to Mrs Black’s evidence at the inquest into his death in 1873. See “NSW Historical Electoral Rolls, 1842-1864; 1859-1860 Central Cumberland” for records of both the Blacks and John Purchase (below, 1859 entry) at Castle Hill.

1841, 17 September: Admitted to Parramatta jail - Roger Conlon, labourer, Catholic; cell for 24 hours; discharged 18th September (see NSW Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930; Entrance Book, Parramatta 1840-43).

1859, March: Roger Conlon, b 1794, 5’3 ¼”, slight build, ruddy complexion, medium grey hair, grey eyes. Remarks: bald, teeth out both jaws; right hand first finger crooked. Native of Roscommon; Catholic; Schoolmaster; can read and write (see NSW Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930, Entrance Book Parramatta 1854-1862).

1859, 16 April: “On Tuesday last Roger Conlan was apprehended, he not having appeared to a summons charging him with stripping bark off trees at Castle Hill, the property of Mr John Purchase, on which charge he was found guilty and fined 10s., and for using grossly abusive and insulting language to the Bench, a further fine of £2 was inflicted.” (Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 16 Apr 1859, p5: Parramatta)

Dianne Jones on 20th June, 2020 wrote:

1873, 16 June: Roger Conlan’s death was registered at Parramatta, no. 6230 (see Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985); see also NSW BDM reg. no. 6230/1873; parents unknown (https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au/).

1873, 18 June: “Parramatta: [From our Correspondent] INQUEST. – An inquest was held at Mrs. John Black’s, Castle Hill, before the district coroner, Mr J.E. Bowden, on Monday, the 16th instant, on the body of Roger Conlan. Mrs E. Black deposed that she had known the deceased for the last thirty-five years, during which time he had resided on the promises as farm servant; she last saw him alive at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, and heard him about the premises that morning talking to the children and doing his work; at a quarter to 9 that morning a lad named Montague Davis told her that Roger was lying in the tent in the orchard; she went to the spot, and found deceased lying on his back on the ground quite dead; there was no sign of any struggling, as the ground was so wet she would have seen it if he had moved; his clothes were only a little wet; it had rained heavily ten minutes before, and he could not have been lying there then; she sent for assistance and had him carried into the house; he was 75 years of age, and had been 51 years in the colony; was a native of Ireland, and unmarried. Dr Waugh stated he had made an external examination of the body of deceased, without finding anything to indicate the cause of death; upon making a post-mortem examination he found the cavity of the chest filled with blood, which was due to a rupture of the large artery leading from the heart, about one inch from its origin, which he considered was the cause of death. Verdict accordingly.” (Sydney Morning Herald, 18 Jun 1873, p3: Parramatta)

Dianne Jones on 28th June, 2020 wrote:

1820, 2 April: John Dolan, a “convict from the County Roscommon” was admitted to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.

1820, 15 April: From Kilmainham he was “sent on board the Convict Ship” with five other prisoners from Roscommon (see Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924, Dublin Kilmainham 1815-1910).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 20th June, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: 1. NSW, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls… 1790-1849 2. NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Bound Indentures 1820-1821 3. NSW Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1856, p292 4. NSW Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-18

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