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Thomas Dooley, one of 174 convicts transported on the Fanny, 25 August 1815
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||4th November, 1816
life span was 51 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
25th August, 1815
18th January, 1816
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 174 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 228
State Records of NSW , 1 Nov 1816, COD405A, citation 2703 [SZ776A] p277. Sydney Gazette 2 Nov and 9 Nov 1816.
||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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Robin Sharkey on 28th February, 2015 wrote:
Thomas Dooley was only 22 years old when guilty in Surry and given life transportation. He was a native of Kildare.
Tall-ish at 5ft 10 inches, black hair, grey eyes and of pale complexion.
On arrival he was assigned to the farm of John Redmond on arrival on “Fanny” in January 1816. Also at the farm in 1816 was Michael Ryan, (hard to tell which of the many this was).
Tom was hanged before the year was out.
He happily went along on an expedition on Saturday 30th Sept 1816 to rob the farm of John Miller - led by Colin Hunter, who, with George Fuller, had decided to call in to Redmond’s Farm on the way and see if Michael Ryan and Dooley would like to assist.
Dooley apparently had a taste for breaking the law; he didn’t tell them to go away and just go to the pub instead.
When there at Miller’s farm, Colin Hunter went in first, with the others close behind, but shot dead John Miller as he rose from his chair in front of the fireplace with his wife and four children in the room. They all four then proceeded with the plan to rob the house. This only aggravated their circumstances when they were brought to trial
1 November 1816 Trial at Criminal Court. George Fuller gave evidence for the Crown, thereby ensuring his own immunity and continued existence in the world. The other four were found guilty and sentenced to hang in the usual way, on the following Monday.
Three days later, on Monday 4th November, Tom Dooley spent the time on the way to his execution in prayer with his co-accused thereby earning the approval of the Sydney Gazette for his appropriate demeanour. His body, and those of the others, was given over for dissection to the Colonial Surgeons.
Convict Changes History
Robin Sharkey on 28th February, 2015 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 228
State Records of NSW , 1 Nov 1816, COD405A, citation 2703 [SZ776A] p277. Sydney Gazette 2 Nov and 9 Nov 1816. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Proj