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Mary Hennessy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Hennessy
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: All country work
Date of Death: 1878
Age: -

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 unknown

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Clomnell Tipperary Ireland
Sentence term: unknown
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 3rd September, 1820
Arrival date: 28th December, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 190 other convicts


Primary source: Clomell Herald 1829 New South Wales State Records Certificate of Freedom 40/174 His Own Man W H Jeffery 1803 - 1880 by Andrew Read, Curtin, ACT 2002 at National Library Australia
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Community Contributions

Jill Davy on 1st June, 2012 wrote:

Ship Asia 1 (5)
No 179
Name: Hennessy Mary
Education: None
Religion: Catholic
Status: Single
Native Place: Tipperary
Trade or Calling: All Work Country
Offence: Stealing Clothes
Where tried: Tipperary
When tried: March 1829
Sentence: 7 Years transportation
Former Convictions: None
Height: 5 foot and 1/4 inches
Complexion: Ruddy freckled
Colour of Hair: Brown
Colour of Eyes: Grey
Assigned to: James Atkinson at ‘Oldbury’
Remarks: Great distance between eyes
Clomnell Herald March 1829
Mary Hennessy and Catherine Fogarty "(a little girl about twelve years and niece to the other prisoner)" guilty of stealing a coat of Patrick Longrigan and a cloak of Mary Longregan. "Mary Hennessy is an old offender and twice before in Goal".  Mary is alledged to have said when sentenced "Long life to you, Sir, that is what I want".
Mary and Catherine arrived in the colony of NSW in January 1830 and Mary was assigned to James Atkinson and Catherine to Bathurst.  It was at ‘Oldbury that Mary met English ex-convict William Henry Jeffery.  William applied to marry Mary in October 1830 and permission was granted on 29 October 1830.  They had to wait until 28 March 1831 to marry at Sutton Forest.
The status of convict women who married Ticket of Leave men is a little unclear.  Mary was released from he assignment to James Atkinson but she did not received a Ticket of Leave.  Legally she was still under the jurisdiction of the Principal Superintendent of Convicts and had serve out the remainder of her sentence.  However, she was released from the onus requirement of reporting for musters.  She was not assigned to William; he had no legal jurisdiction over Mary, apart from the marriage vows.
Mary and William lived their lives in County Argyle (William was compelled to say within a restricted area).  They had 10 children, five of which died before their parents.  Mary died at Norwood near Goulburn on 12 February 1878.  Her burial was held on 15 February at St Saviours Cemetery, Goulburn.  Her headstone reads:
Scred to the Memory of Mary
The true and faithfully wife of W H Jeffery for 47 years died 12 Feb 1878 aged 67 years
Oldest daughter of Richard Hennersee late of Mudgee Native of Tipperary Ireland

Convict Changes History

Jill Davy on 1st June, 2012 made the following changes:

new convict, voyage 118, convicted at 883, occupation 220, crime 54, firstname Mary, surname Hennessy, source Clomell Herald 1829 New South Wales State Records Certificate of Freedom 40/174 His Own Man W H Jeffery 1803 - 1880 by Andrew Read, Curtin, AC

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