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Sarah Gallagher

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Gallagher
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1821
Occupation: Childs maid
Date of Death: 26th October, 1894
Age: 73 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Dublin City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sir Charles Forbes
Departure date: 11th August, 1837
Arrival date: 25th December, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 14 other convicts


Primary source: author? 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
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Community Contributions

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 wrote:

SARAH’S 1st Application to marry was to JOHN HODGINS 16th May 1841& then to Daniel Stearn 18th October 1841

SARAH was a Convict she was charged for stealing a shawl on the 12th July 1837 & was sentenced to 7yrs & 9 months at the age of 16 years. SARAH was a Roman Catholic born in County Dublin, she was a childrens maid Her convict number was 37/447 Indent Number 62
SARAH’S description :
HEIGHT 4ft’ 9in
HAIR light sandy brown,
EYES grey,
NOSE a little crooked,
Small mole on upper part of right cheek bone,FD tattooed on upper right arm, cross on back of right hand, scar on back of middle, third & little fingers of the same, scar on palm of left hand near fore finger
SARAH came out on the "Sir Charles Forbes" from Port Dublin departing 11th August 1837 arriving in NSW 25th December 1837 Master Jas Leslie Surgeon William Clifford
SARAH received her Ticket of Freedom 20th November 1844 Certificate No: 44/                 

SARAH’S headstone reads In loving memory of my Beloved wife SARAH EMMA CHAPMAN who died 20th October 1894 aged 73 years
The Lord Gave & the Lord Hath taken away
Blessed be The name of the Lord
SARAH’S Orbituary as it appeared in the MacLeay Argus 31st October 1894

Friday last there passed away another very old resident of the Rover, Mrs Emma Ann Chapman of Euroka. The deceased was 73 years of age. She came in New South Wales when she was but 16, and lived on the MacLeay River nearly the whole of her intervening 57 years. She was from Ireland. Her husband John and a large family survive her.

History & Achievements
Sarah Emma Galagaher was transported to Australia as a convict from England aged 16. She arrived in Australia on board the ship " SIR CHARLES FORBES"The ship sailed on the 11th of August, 1837 from Dublin Ireland, arriving in Sydney on the 25th December 1837, a trip of 136 days . The ship was Captain by Jes Leslie with the ships Surgeon being W M Clifford . A total of 150 female convicts embarked with 147 arriving.
John worked at a property owned by William Henry Chapman son of William Chapman & Ann Marsh , this property was called "Ravenswood" he eventually managed this property . He later became a Stockman and Groom at another property called " Yanabandinni " Sarah and John bought their own small farm at Euroka . Both Sarah and John are buried on this property.
This is an extract from a letter date unknown and largely unreadable.
......(unreadable part)...... been determined The site of Mrs. Annie Chapman’s home and the barn she permitted the first scholl lesson’s at Euroka to be taught has not been determined. It was probably near the lagoon. Mr’s A Chapman’s identity and what became of her or her descendents is unknown - the only reference to her is in the Euroka school centenery notes from the Department of Education.

iain Frazier on 27th August, 2019 wrote:

Sarah was born in Birr Dublin? Ireland about 1822.
She married John (Chapman) s.John groom of horses convict 7yrs from JAMES PATTISON (2) at Maitland.

Maureen Withey on 9th June, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Sarah Gallagher, age 16, per Sir Charles Forbes (1837), Tried at Dublin City, f7 years, for stealing shawl. Former conviction – 9 months.  Single, native of Dublin Co., children’s maid. DOB 1821.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 12th June, 2012 made the following changes:

new convict, term 7, voyage 172, convicted at 415, occupation 233, crime 2, firstname Sarah, surname Gallagher, date of birth 1821-00-00, date of death 1894-10-26, gender f

iain Frazier on 27th August, 2019 made the following changes:

source: author? 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' (prev. )

Maureen Withey on 9th June, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, voyage, source: author? 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. (prev. author? 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories')

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