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Mary Kavangh

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Kavangh
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Needlewoman
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Shop lifting
Convicted at: Ireland, Wexford
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Southworth
Departure date: 6th February, 1832
Arrival date: 14th June, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 128 other convicts

References

Primary source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. Sydney Gazette, 20 Dec 1832. List of all female convicts assigned and transferred from the 1st to the 31st October 1832.
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Maureen Withey on 21st February, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Mary Kavanagh,  age 34, ship Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Wexford, 1830, 7 years for shoplifting.  widow.  Native of Wexford.  Trade -  Needlewoman all work. protestant. DOB 1798.

Sydney Gazette, 20 Dec 1832.
List of all female convicts assigned and transferred from the 1st to the 31st October 1832.
1667. Kavanagh Mary, Southworth, house servant, to Jane King, Parramatta

Maureen Withey on 21st February, 2020 wrote:

As reported in The Sydney Monitor, 3 Feb 1833.

Police Office, Port Stephens, December 26th, 1832, before Capt. R. G. Moffatt. J. P.
Mary Cavanagh, per Southworth, 7 years, an assigned servant of Lieutenant Caswell, R. N. charged by her master, with persevering to leave his service, and refusing to obey his orders, particularly this day, 26th instant.
The prisoner being being put on her defence, states :-Let me get what punishment I will, I will not remain with Mr. Caswell; when I told my master I would not remain with him unless I received wages, he told me, that he could not afford to give me any wages; that he would bring me to the magistrate, and let him give me wages.—To be confined in the cells, on bread and water, for 14 days, and to be returned to her master.
(signed) R. G. MOFFATT.
Margaret Carney, per ship Southworth, 7 years, an assigned servant of Lieut. Caswell, charged by her master, with refusing to work this morning, this 26th instant.
Lieut. Caswell, R. N. being duly sworn, states :-having, occasion to bring the prisoner’s fellow servant before the magistrate, the prisoner, on hearing that I intended to do so, asked me, ” are you going to take Mary over, or is she going to leave?” I replied, yes.  She then said, ” the devil a hand’s turn will I do more.”  I then desired her to wash some napkins, she said, ” no.”
(signed) WILLIAM CASWELL.
Sworn before me, this 26th day of December, 1832, at Port Stephens.
(signed) R. G. MOFFAT, J. P.
The prisoner being put on her defence, states, that she has nothing to say.
The Court find the prisoner guilty.-To be confined in the cells, on bread and water, for 14 days, and to be returned to her master.
(signed) R. G. MOFFATT, J. P.
JANUARY 9th.-Mary Cavanagh, per ship Southworth, 7 years, an assigned servant to Lieut. William Caswell, R. N., charged by her master with disobedience of orders, this morning, the 9th instant.
Lieutenant William Caswell R. N. being duly sworn states - On going to receive the prisoner from the cell at Carrington where she had been confined, she told me she would not work without getting clothes; that she would go to Mr Ebsworth (magistrate,) and not to think I had all in my own hands ; she refused to go to the boat until she should see Mr. Ebsworth; I told her she might come to the Court, or to Captain Moffatt, she said no, it must be to Mr, Ebsworth ; on coming out of the watch-house yard, I told her to go to the boat which I had waiting to take her over to my house; she refused to do so, on which I gave her in charge to a constable, and requested he would bring her to Court; she resisted the constable, and said she should be taken to Mr. Ebsworth.
.(signed) WILLIAM CASWELL.
Sworn before me at Port Stephens, 9th January, 1833.
(signed) R. G. MOFFATT, J. P.
John Powers, constable, being duly sworn state.-This morning I heard Mr. Caswell give the prisoner an order to go down to his boat, she refused to do so until she should see Mr. Ebsworth ; Mr. Caswell then gave her in charge to me, to be brought to Court, she at first resisted, but afterwards came; she was insolent to her master during the time he was in the watch-house.
(signed) JOHN POWERS.
Sworn before me at Port Stephens, 9th January, 1833
(signed) R. G. MOFFATT, J. P.
The prisoner has nothing to state in her defence.
The Court find the prisoner guilty of determined disobedience of orders, and also with impudence to the Bench –To be confined in the cells, on bread and water, for 28 days, it being the second offence of the same kind, and to be returned to her master.
(signed) R. G. MOFFATT, J. P.
At the request of Capt. Moffatt, J. P. to have a Court of Petty Sessions formed to confirm the above sentence just passed, we, the magistrates now assembled in Petty Sessions, do confirm the same.
(signed) “W. E. PARRY, J. P.
R. G. MOFFAT’T, J. P.
Police Office, Port Stephens,
January 9th, 1833.

Maureen Withey on 23rd February, 2020 wrote:

Mary Kavanagh was sent to Moreton Bay after a colonial conviction.

Moreton Bay convicts:
Mary Kavanagh convicted as Walls, Southworth 2, Convicted at Wexford, 11 Mar 1830, 7 years, Offence – stealing a hankf. Trade- servant. Colonial Sentence: Qr Sessions Sydney, 19 Oct 1835, Larceny, Sentence 3 years. To Sydney 26 Oct 1838. Description: Mary Wall, native of Wexford, age 34, 5ft 1 ½ . Sallow complexion, brown hair, hazle eyes, catholic.

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SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS
Mary Wall, assigned to her husband, stood indicted for stealing from the shop of Mr. John Weiss, Haberdasher, George-street, one piece of ribbon of the value of 30s.. Guilty-The prisoner called on two or three persons as to character, which called forth some very pertinent remarks from the Chairman, as to” the system” of character which had prevailed, in the case of persons arraigned for felonies in that Court; to such a pitch, was it carried in general as to be quite a burlesque on character. The practice of shop-lifting was becoming of so frequent occurrence, that it was necessary to make an example. Sentenced to be transported to a Penal Settlement for three years. Sydney Herald. 22 Oct 1835.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 21st February, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. Sydney Gazette, 20 Dec 1832. List of all female convicts assigned and transferred from the 1st to the 31st October 1832. (prev. ), firstname: Mary, surname: Kavangh, al

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