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Mary Cooney

Mary Cooney, one of 184 convicts transported on the Gilbert Henderson, 10 December 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Cooney
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Gilbert Henderson
Departure date: 10th December, 1839
Arrival date: 24th April, 1840
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 141 (72)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Tony Beale on 8th September, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Online (DoB from here)

2392. MARY FITZGERALD and MARY COONEY were indicted for stealing, on the 6th of August, 1 pair of shoes, value Is.; and 1 handkerchief, value 2d.; the goods of Benjamin Mobbs; to which Fitzgerald pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months.

LUCY MOBBS . I am the wife of Benjamin Mobbs, and live at Battersea rise. About 11 o’clock on the 6th of August, one of my children had a shoe on, and the other he was playing with—I missed them both, and a pocket handkerchief off the table—I did not see the prisoner, but from what the child said, I sent the policeman in pursuit—he brought back the shoes and handkerchief—these are them—(looking at them)—our door is generally open—the child was in the house.

WILLIAM MURPHY . I am a policeman. I went in pursuit, and found the prisoners about a mile from the prosecutor’s house—I found the shoes and handkerchief on Fitzgerald, but nothing on Cooney—I was present before the Magistrate when the prisoners made a statement, which was taken down and read over to them—I know the Magistrate’s hand-writing—this is it—(reads)—“The prisoner Cooney, being duly cautioned, says, I picked up the shoes lying at the door, and the handkerchief which was lying there, and gave them to Fitzgerald”—the prisoner refused to sign this.

Cooney’s Defence. I picked them up outside the door, and gave them to Fitzgerald.

COONEY— GUILTY . * Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 8th September, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1820 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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