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Joanna Corcoran

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joanna Corcoran
Aliases: Johanna
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Servant of all work
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
Convicted at: Ireland, Cork
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 10th September, 1829
Arrival date: 13th January, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 69 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. NSW Marriage Permissions.
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Maureen Withey on 15th September, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Joanna Corcoran, alias Cochrane & Corgan, age on arrival, 21,  catholic, Asia I (5) 1830, tried at Cork, 1829,  7 years, for stealing cloak.  DOB 1809, native place Cork Co., Single, All work. Remarks - Moreton Bay. Spouse: m. Francis Lavering.  Died 1872, Sydney.


Marriage Permissions.
Permission 2 Aug 1832 at Newcastle, Patrick Keely,  age 28, per Almorah, 7 years, Free,  and Johanna Corcoran,  per Asia 7, age 23, 7 years, bond.  Rev. C.P. N. Wilton

Joanna was sent to Moreton Bay penal settlement.

Moreton Bay Convict Record
Joanna Corcoran,  per Asia 7, tried at Cork, Spring 1829,  7 years, for stealing clothes. All work. Colonial conviction: S. Court Sydney, 18 May 1837, Perjury, 7 years.

Mrs Johanna Keelan, the wife of the man who was killed in a drunken row in the Christmas week, is in custody charged with perjury in having sworn that one Abigail M’Neil, who was a witness in a case of stealing, was never in her house, whereas it has been clearly proved that she was, twice in her house on the subject of recovering the articles that had been stolen.
Sydney Herald, 13 Feb 1837.

Supreme Court. Thursday May 18th
Johanna Keenan was indicted for committing wilful and corrupt perjury, at Sydney, on the 3rd February. The information set forth that one Abigail McNeil having charged a person named
Crowther with stealing a pair of stockings, the case came before Henry Crossdill Wilson, Esq., when it became material to enquire whether Abigail McNeil was in the house of Johanna Keenan on a certain day, when the said Johanna Keenan on her oath said that the said Abigail McNeil was not in her house on the said day, whereas in truth and in fact, the said McNeil was in the house of the said Keenan.
The case was clearly proved, and the jury returned a verdict of Guilty.- To be transported for seven years to a penal settlement. The learned Judge observing that from the frequency of the crime he was determined to pass the heaviest sentence the law allowed.


Her husband Patrick Keely died in December 1836.

At the inquest held on Wednesday, on the body of Patrick Keelan, said to have been murdered at one of the notorious brothels in Elizabeth Street, it appeared that the deceased had been too drunk to fight, and that in attempting to fight, he fell and his head coming with great violence on the ground, caused apoplexy. The person accused of killing him was therefore discharged.
Sydney Monitor, 30 Dec 1836.

CORONER’S INQUEST.— On Wednesday an inquest was held at the sign of the Queen Catherine, Castlereagh-street, upon the body of Patrick Keelan, who met his death under the following circumstances:—
Henry Wallace.—Yesterday morning between 7 and 8 o’clock, deceased and prisoner were at the bar of this house drinking; deceased treated prisoner and a man named Geddings, they were both drunk; they were talking about a bonnet; deceased said something about fighting, when Geddings went between and prevented them; Geddings’ head struck the deceased in the mouth in the scuffle and caused the blood to flow from a wound he had there; both parties had marks upon their faces as if they had been fighting before; Geddings pulled prisoner out of the house; prisoner did not strike deceased up to that period; prisoner came into the house again, and him and deceased attempted to strike each other, but were too drunk, they closed and fell together; Keelan said something about his head, take him off my head, or something like that; I saw Geddings again take prisoner out of the house; deceased was taken up off the ground and put on the form, he did not speak, he was held upon the form.
Elizabeth Allen, —I am bar maid to Mr Priston; between 7 and 8 o’clock deceased came in with his wife, and they drank at the bar; prisoner came in during the interim; prisoner and deceased drank two or three glasses together, they were friendly till they chaffed each other about the purchase of a bonnet; Giddins prevented the parties from fighting; a blow was not struck by either; they closed and both fell, deceased fell with his head very heavy upon the ground; he opened his eyes and said “don’t beat me”. Several other witnesses gave evidence to a similar effect.
Dr. Hosking certified, that upon a post mortem examination of the body, he found upon removing the scalp several bruises, and a quantity of extravasated blood, upon removing a part of the skull and dividing the dura mater, he found on the left side about four ounces of extravasated blood, sufficient to cause instant death. The Jury returned a verdict, that deceased had met his death from apoplexy occasioned by drunkenness and irritation. The prisoner Phillip Finch was discharged.
Sydney Gazette, 29 Dec 1836.

On the fate of the unfortunate man Keelan, who died on Tuesday from injuries in a pugilistic contest, being communicated to the Colonel, he very coolly replied.” he’s no loss to society.” — REP, — We differ with the Colonel, he is a loss to the pugilistic society. — EDS.
Sydney Gazette, Thurs 29 Dec 1836.


Joanna Concoran was one of 24 female prisoners who arrived at Moreton Bay penal settlement in HM Colonial Schooner “Isabella” in July 1837.


Col Sec. Letters.
A List of Female Prisoners forwarded from Moreton Bay to Sydney – 9 May 1939
Kennahans or Corcoran, Johannah/ “Asia” 7.

Moreton Bay penal settlement was closing down at this time and prisoners were all returned to Sydney.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 15th September, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. NSW Marriage Permissions. (prev. ), firstname: Joanna, surname: Corcoran, alias1: Johanna, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1809, date of death: 0000, gende

Lori Ann Russell on 3rd November, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 0000 (prev. 1809)

Iris Dunne on 3rd November, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000)

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