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Nicholas Connolly

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Nicholas Connolly
Aliases: Conolly, Connelly
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1838
Age: 43 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 1815
Arrival date: 8th April, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 225 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry. https://www.freesettlerorfelon.com/searchaction.php?page=1&surname=connelly&ship=&firstname=nicholas
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Maureen Withey on 7th April, 2021 wrote:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
Nicholas Connolly, alias Conolly, age on arrival, 21, Guildford (2) 1816, Tried Dublin Co., 1815, Life, DOB, 1795, native of Meath Co., Trade, Labourer.


Colonial Secretary Index.

CONNELLY, Nicholas. Per “Guildford”, 1816.

1816 Apr 15
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Guildford” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.464)
1819 Nov 17
Accompanied John Howe on expedition north-west of Windsor (Reel 6048; 4/1743 p.123)
1820 May 15; 1821 Aug 8
Accompanied John Howe on expedition of discovery to Hunter River (Reel 6050, 4/1747 pp.11-2; Reel 6051, 4/1750 pp.27-9)
1823 May 8
Permitted to pass from Windsor to Patricks Plains, & to return with cattle (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.263)
1823 Jul 31
Servant. Permitted to pass to No.8 Township with cattle (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.720)
1823 Oct 29
Servant of John Howe. Permitted to pass from Windsor to No.8 Township on Patricks Plains with cattle (Reel 6011; 4/3509 p.489)
1824 Jan 12
Servant of John Howe (Junior). Permitted to pass from Windsor, with cattle, to No.8 Township in the County of Durham (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.168)
1825 Aug 27
On list of convicts employed by John Howe of Windsor; in 1819-21 (Reel 6064; 4/1787 p.120a)

Maureen Withey on 16th April, 2021 wrote:

Convicts Index, 1791-1873.
Nicholas Conolly, Guildford 1816.
Conditional Pardon, 22 Sep 1821.


First Name: Nicholas Connolly (Connelly)
Ship: Guildford 1816
Date: 1823/24/25
Place: near Newcastle
Source: General Muster of New South Wales 1823, 1824, 1825
Details: Conditional Pardon holder. Employed by John Howe.


Criminal Court, Thursday.
—  Kerns, stood capitally indicted for stealing a Heifer, value £10, the property of Mr. Geo. Howe.
—Nicholas Connolly, examined—Is overseer on the estate of Mr. Howe, at Hunter’s River—had a certain quantity of cattle entrusted to his charge—lost one of them about the 20th of January last— reported the circumstance to the district constable; the animal was of a dark color, brindled with small horns, about 11 months old; afterwards found her in a herd belonging to a Mr. Bell; she then appeared in calf, and was branded with the letter T.—-One of the beast’s ears was cut off; the animal was not maimed in this way when witness missed her, nor was there any brand; there was a particular mark on the belly, by which he instantly recognized here; it was a favorite animal, and called “little Betty”. Two witnesses were called for the prisoner, whose evidence went to prove, that the latter was in possession of the identical animal, sometime before it was alleged to be lost, and that it was “bona fide” his property. Not Guilty.
The Australian, 8 Jul 1826.


Name: Nicholas Connelly (Connolly)
Ship: Guildford 1816
Date: 24 October 1827
Place: Sydney gaol
Source: Sydney Gaol Entrance Book. State Archives NSW; Roll: 851 Ancestry
Details: Sent to Sydney gaol from Wallis Plains charged with branding cattle. Tried at the criminal court 29 November 1827 and found not guilty


Name: Nicholas Connelly
Ship: -
Date: 21 June 1838
Place: Muswellbrook
Source: Title: Muswellbrook Court of Petty Sessions, Bench Books, 1838-1843. Ancestry.com
Details: Enquiry into the cause of the death of Nicholas Connelly, free by servitude. William Learny, ticket of leave holder, sworn deposed - accompanied the deceased from his place on Peels River to assist him in driving some young horses belonging to Mr. Pringle. Yesterday morning we both breakfasted at Briggs Public House. We drank half a pint of brandy there and the deceased brought a bottle away with him of which he drank part twice or three times on the road. He was not sober when he came near his horse started off with him. He ran amongst the trees and when the deceased was again bringing him towards the road he fell from the horse. I think he fell on the back of his head. He never spoke a word afterwards. Surgeon John Goodwin sworn - I have examined the body of Nicholas Connelly and find a fracture on the left parietal bone. I think it was the cause of his death. Chief Constable Patrick Maher also examined. Magistrate Edward Denny Day stated - It appears from the foregoing statements that the deceased came by his death accidentally while in a state of intoxication. It also having been stated that the deceased was possessed of considerable property in stock at the time of his death the Registrar of the Supreme Court has been informed.


Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 7th April, 2021 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry. (prev. ), firstname: Nicholas, surname: Connolly, alias1: Conolly, alias2: Connelly, alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1795, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupati

Maureen Withey on 16th April, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry. https://www.freesettlerorfelon.com/searchaction.php?page=1&surname=connelly&ship=&firstname=nicholas (prev. Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.), date of death: 1838 (prev. 0000)

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