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Cornelius Donovan

Cornelius Donovan, one of 180 convicts transported on the Medina, 19 April 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Cornelius Donovan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Medina
Departure date: 19th April, 1825
Arrival date: 14th September, 1825
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 270
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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Denis Pember on 23rd February, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey (t18241202-10):
CORNELIUS DONOVAN was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of November , 18 lbs. of sewing cotton, value 3 l. , the goods of John Wreford.
WILLIAM DUNSTAN . I am in the employ of Mr. John Wreford, of Aldermanbury; he is a haberdasher . On the 12th of November I packed up sixteen parcels of sewing cotton, each containing 10 lbs.; I invoiced them to Mr. Turner, Crown-street, Finsbury - our carman was to take them on the following day; I did not put them into the cart. I afterwards heard that two parcels had been taken away.
HENRY YEOMANS . I am carman to Mr. Wreford. Mr. Dunstan told me to take some parcels to Mr. Turner; I cannot say how many there were of them. I went about half-past four o’clock on the 13th of November, and went straight to Mr. Turner’s door; I did not get off the cart till I got there. On Monday, the 15th, I was told by Mr. Turner that these two parcels were missing.
JOHN DONOVAN . I live in Crown-court. My father is a bricklayer’s labourer. Mr. Turner’s house is at the corner of our court. I saw a tilted cart at his door on the 13th of November, about four o’clock - the prisoner and three or four more were there. I saw the prisoner step up the step of the cart, and take a parcel out - he gave it to another, who gave it to a third, and it got to the prisoner again; he then walked by me, and asked what I was looking at - I said nothing; he gave me a blow in the face, which made my mouth and nose bleed; I had seen him before, and knew his person. The parcel was about twenty inches square.
THOMAS CHESHIRE . I live at No. 97, Long-alley. I saw the prisoner, (whom I have known four years) pass my window about five o’clock, on the 13th of November - he had nothing with him; he went towards Crown-street, with four or five others, and returned with a paper parcel, about twenty inches square, under his right arm. I looked after him that night, but could not find him. I apprehended him on Monday morning, at the George public-house.
BRANSBY TURNER . I live in Crown-street, Finsbury. I received one hundred and fourteen parcels from Mr. Wreford’s, on the 13th of November; the invoice was for one hundred and sixteen. I did not miss the two parcels till I had seen the invoice.
THOMAS ATTFIELD . I assisted to apprehend the prisoner on Monday, the 15th of November, at the George, in Bishopsgate-street. He wanted to get rid of this handkerchief.
GUILTY . Aged 19.
Transported for Seven Years .

Denis Pember on 23rd February, 2016 wrote:

Cornelius must have moved from Van Diemens Land to NSW.
On April 30th 1837 he married Elizabeth Kirk (nèe Budden) at Parramatta. Elizabeth had been in several previous relationships and had a number of children from these.

Denis Pember on 30th March, 2016 wrote:


Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 23rd February, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Denis Pember on 23rd February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000)

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