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Mary Flanigan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Flanigan
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 25th August, 1850
Age: 60 years

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Francis and Eliza
Departure date: 15th December, 1814
Arrival date: 8th August, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 13 other convicts


Primary source: Mayberry, Peter; Irish Convicts to NSW 1788-1849. [online database]
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Community Contributions

Denis Pember on 19th October, 2017 wrote:

Mary Flanagan was included in a list sent from the Colonial Secretary’s Office to Samuel Marsden on 14th August, 1815 of 52 female convicts who arrived on the Francis & Eliza “who are now sent to Parramatta to be employed in the usual way in the Factory or distributed among married settlers on their entering into the required securities for treating them properly. Until such time as distribution shall take place you will please get them as well and comfortably accommodated as circumstances will admit.” Early in 1816, only six or seven months after she arrived in Port Jackson, she had a daughter Alice to one John Wright.

Denis Pember on 19th October, 2017 wrote:

By 1817 she had become the wife of John Hearn (Convict, 1808, “Admiral Gambier”) although it is believed that this was a de facto relationship only. From references on subsequent death certificates to the name McNally, it is believed that she may have been married in Ireland prior to her transportation, most likely actually being a McNally and married to a Flanagan. In any event she had several children (probably 7 in all) to John Hearn.

John Hearn and Mary are recorded in the 1828 Census:
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[Ref H1207] Hearn, John, 40, free by servitude, A. Gambier, 1806, 7 years, Protestant, farmer, Lower Portland head.
[Ref H1208] Hearn, Mary, 40, free by servitude, Francis & Eliza, 1815, 7 years, Catholic.
[Ref H1209] Hearn, Francis, 11, born in the colony.
[Ref H1210] Hearn, Sarah, 10, born in the colony.
[Ref 1211] Hearn, Eleanor, 1, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 18th October, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Mayberry, Peter; Irish Convicts to NSW 1788-1849. [online database] (prev. ), firstname: Mary, surname: Flanigan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: f, occ

Denis Pember on 18th October, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 25th August, 1850 (prev. 0000)

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