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James Houlahan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Houlahan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 13th June, 1880
Age: 84 years

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 Life

Crime: Attempted murder
Convicted at: Cork County
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 21st June, 1822
Arrival date: 8th November, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 14 other convicts


Primary source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts.
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Community Contributions

Dennis Nightingale on 17th May, 2015 wrote:

Born - Newmarket Cork County Ireland.

James married Margaret Stannard in the Catholic Church, Newmarket, and they had a son, John, born in 1822. He was baptised on the 9th June 1822. He was charged with “insurrection and firing on the King’s troops” (Lord Bantry) and was sentenced by a special commission at Spring Assizes in county Cork.
1828 Censes - Assigned to Captain Francis Allman of Rath Luba, Wallis Plains (now Maitland). His occupation was dairyman.

In 1836, James made an application to remarry, “stating he was now a widower”, but this was refused. However, it is reported James remarried on 24th September, 1839, in the Presbyterian Church, St. Andrews, in Singleton, NSW. It appears his first wife, Margaret died in Ireland in 1839.

His new wife was Mary Cagney,aged 21, daughter of Thomas Cagney, the convict. Mary had arrived as a free settler with her mother, Margaret, to join her father.

James was granted a conditional pardon in 1839.

He and Mary eventually, settled in the Wollombi area, and had 11 children.

James died on 13th June, 1880, on the property of the Blaxlands Arms, Wollombi. James is buried in the Catholic Cemetery at Wollombi.

Convict Changes History

Dennis Nightingale on 17th May, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Houlahan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1796, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Dennis Nightingale on 17th May, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, date of death: 13th June, 1880 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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