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Margaret Fogarty

Margaret Fogarty, one of 97 convicts transported on the Britannia, January 1798

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Margaret Fogarty
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: Maid
Date of Death: 23rd August, 1810
Age: 39 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Bristol Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Britannia III
Departure date: January, 1798
Arrival date: 18th July, 1798
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 237 (119)
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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Jennifer Bolton on 10th December, 2012 wrote:

Margaret Fogarty, aged 24, was tried 7 Apr 1793 at Bristol - 14 years for stealing 38 guineas, 29 half guineas and one muslin handkerchief value 6d (sixpence) . Committed 23 Oct 1794, charged with having feloniously stolen thirty eight pieces of gold coin, and twenty-eight pieces of gold coin and one muslin handkerchief ... in the dwelling house of John Smith at the parish of St Nicholas.

Margaret was working as a maid-servant in the Smith’s house

Margaret’s sentence was respited on 31 March 1796 as she was to be transported to the East Coast of NSW.

Governor King granted Margaret a ticket of leave on 18 November 1801. She was given a conditional pardon on 18 January 1802 and then an absolute pardon on 19 June 1803.

At the turn of the century, Margaret (Mary) Fogarty had formed a relationship with Andrew Golder/Golding. A daughter, Mary (b.1800), resulted from this liaison with Andrew Golder/Golding.

Andrew and Margaret had one child:    Mary Golder/Golding (b: 25 Aug 1800 at Parramatta) Mary married John Grounds 1 October 1821 at Parramatta)

Margaret then formed a relationship with Richard Cheers (Chear), a Second Fleeter. There is no evidence of a formal marriage to Richard.

Margaret and Richard had three children. Richard Cheers (b.1802)
    John Cheers (b. 1804)
    Harriett (b.1806)

The death of Margaret Fogarty (known as Cheers) on the night of 23 August 1810 was investigated in an inquest.  Henry King, a servant of Richard Cheers, told the inquest he had been, … ‘frequently alarmed at the great excesses repeatedly and almost invariably committed by the deceased by potions of ardent spirits and says that particularly on yesterday she had access to a cask of Spirits in the House’. A decanter and earthenware vessel, found in Margaret’s bedroom, contained at least three pints of spirits. Her death was attributed to ‘extreme inebriety’. (Note: Richard had been one of twenty people who had been granted a licence to sell liquor in the colony.)

Margaret was buried under the name Margaret Fogarty in the Old Sydney Burial Grounds (Town Hall Railway Station)

Convict Changes History

Jennifer Bolton on 10th December, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1771, date of death 23rd August, 1810, gender, occupation, crime

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