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Catharine Conway

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Catharine Conway
Aliases: Catherine Conway, Long, Poole, Finch
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1828
Occupation: Country servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Arson
Convicted at: Ireland. Kildare
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Blackfriar
Departure date: 24th January, 1851
Arrival date: 29th May, 1851
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 188 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts. Conduct Record/Application for Permission to Marry/Colonial Families.
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Community Contributions

Carol Axton-Thompson on 13th January, 2014 wrote:

Catharine Conway was convicted at Kildare on 23/07/1850 for arson - houseburning. Stated “committed this offence to be transported”. Life sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land(Tasmania) on the ‘Blackfriar’, arriving 29/05/1851.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 13th January, 2014 wrote:

Single; aged 22yrs; native place of birth - Co. Galway; country servant; 5’2 1/2”; ruddy complexion, freckled; lt brown hair; blue eyes; Roman Catholic.

Assigned services in the Colony.
04/06/1851: Lunatic Asylum, New Norfolk (presume service and not admitted).
24/02/1852: Absconded from Lunatic Asylum - 6mths hard labour at New Town & House of Correction.
Others assignments at Hobart, New Town & Battery Point.

19/03/1853: Married Morris Long (transported Sir J Byng). (ref/561/1853-37)
14/10/1853: note that Morris Long had died.
Colonial Family listing:
Gender: Female
Marriage/Relationship: 1853 - HOBART, Tasmania   ( LONG, MORRIS )
22/05/1854: Married Thomas Poole (free,1854) (ref. 368/1854-37 Hobart)
Colonial Family Listing:
Gender: Female
Birth 1830 - 
Marriage/Relationship: 1854 - HOBART, Tasmania   ( POOLE, THOMAS )
241396 POOLE M 1855

Ticket of Leave 24/07/1855
Conditional Pardon 26/01/1856

09/07/1872: Hobart Supreme Court - as Catherine Poole - purjury. Guilty. 1yr imprisonment, Cascades.

Nell Murphy on 1st July, 2016 wrote:

Application for permission to marry:
30 Mar 1854: to Thomas POOLE (listed free, at date). Approved.

Married: 22 May 1854 St. George’s Church of England, Hobart.  Thomas Poole, aged 44yrs, a farmer. Catherine, aged 24yrs, widow.
(ref. 37/1/13 no. 368)

Donald Reid on 12th December, 2016 wrote:

Children:  One child by Thomas Poole (Reference: 33/1/6/171
Thomas Poole died July 1860 - Accidental Death.  (Reference: 1860/394)
Marriage 29 Jan 1866 to Joseph Henry (Henry Joseph) Finch (Butcher) (Ref:1866/205)
CHILDREN : Ten children by Joseph Henry Finch
Death:  8 March 1914. Died at Hobart.  Buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery.

katrina noel on 25th April, 2017 wrote:

Not married to Joseph Henry Finch. JFinch’s wife Catherine had children to Joseph very frequently from 1859. Catherine (who married Thomas Poole) had 4 children around the same time period, and she placed them in an orphanage around 1872. Catherine Finch had ‘Finch’ Children in 1871 and 1873.
There are at least 7 different Catherines in this time period which I am trying to confirm. Also This Catherine was born 12 years before Catherine Finch.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 13th January, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 99 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 0000, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 13th January, 2014 made the following changes:

source, alias2, alias3

Donald Reid on 12th December, 2016 made the following changes:

alias4: Finch, date of birth: 1828 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1914 (prev. 0000)

katrina noel on 25th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 0000 (prev. 1914)

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