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John Heaney

John Heaney, one of 160 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 17 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Heaney
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 17th September, 1819
Arrival date: 27th January, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 235(119) OLD BAILEY Reports On line, 28 Oct 1818.
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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Robin Sharkey on 5th November, 2016 wrote:

John Heaney was 28 years old according to the Old Bailey Records (23 according to ship’s indent) when he was found guilty, at the Old Bailey on 28 October 1818, of stealing a jacket and pair of trousers from John Organ, and was transported for 7 years on “Prince Regent”.

John Organ, the victim, was a coal-porter who lived at Stratford.  John Heaney “often slept in the same room” with him. So Heaney must have travelled to Stratford regularly. On the 17th September, John Organ found his bedroom windows wide open, and a ladder near the window-part where his family slept in the room. His jacket and trousers were missing.  A Stepney patrol man found the jacket in the road. However, a chaff-cutter claimed to have found both jacket and trousers in the loft at another place - perhaps it was meant to be reported as shirt and trousers.

Heaney lodged in the same house as James Boulcot, who worked as a private watchman to a Mr Gunn in the Commercial Road. Boulcot gave evidence against him.  When Heaney had been lodged in prison, charged with the offence, Boulcot took him some food and Heaney told him that a jacket, a pair of trowsers, and a shirt were lodged in Mr. Gunn’s hay-loft. He asked Boulcot to “pledge” them, which means take them to a pawnbrokers and get money for then. Boulcot reported to the court that Mr Gunn’s chaff-cutter had found the clothes there.
John Heaney was found guilty of stealing the goods - value total 7s - and sentenced to transportation for seven years.

Robin Sharkey on 5th November, 2016 wrote:

John Heaney was born at Middlesex. With his surname, he probably had Irish parents. He was a cattle herd. which examined why he worked sometimes in Stratford.

He was 5ft 4, of fair ruddy complexion with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He remained a convict for the whole seven years until 1825.

In 1822 he was working on Rose’s road party and had been selected for the gang to clear on Samuel Marsden’s estate. He was still on Marsden’s estate in December 1824, when he had to appear before the Magistrate’s Bench at Parramatta.

In September 1825 he was on a clearing party of Mr Bowman at Melville. However it was reported in the Sydney Gazette of 3rd November 1828 that he had received his Certificate of Freedom.

By the 1828 Census, he was Free by Servitude and working as a driver at John Tinsdale’s farm at Bathurst. Supposedly aged 29, and a Protestant.  his age here would have made him aged 19 in 1818.  However, he ask also recorded as being in Gaol in Bathurst in 1828, recorded as aged 31.

He probably remained in the employ of William Tindale for many years because John Heaney of Crabby Creek, Goulburn, advertised in the SMH 7 June 1847, page 3 for a mare lost from Bylong, with information to be brought to Mr W. Tindale at Dabee, or to John Heaney.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 5th November, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 235(119) OLD BAILEY Reports On line, 28 Oct 1818. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Numbe

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