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Jeremiah Kay

Jeremiah Kay, one of 164 convicts transported on the Morley, July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jeremiah Kay
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: 27th May, 1840
Age: 46 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Morley
Departure date: July, 1818
Arrival date: 7th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 164 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 60
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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Heather Stevens on 24th August, 2020 wrote:

Jeremiah Kay was convicted at Lancaster Assizes for a term of 7 years on 27 August 1817.

Jeremiah Kay and John Coffey were on trial for stealing a calf, at Eccles. Kay was found guilty, Coffey was acquitted.

Jeremiah Kay Age: 23, was received 29 Nov 1817 on the hulk Retribution which was moored at Woolwich, ‘stealing a calf’ was noted as his crime.

He was one of 164 convicts transported on the ship Morley, departing in July 1818, arriving in New South Wales on 7 November 1818.

Convict Indents provide us with his description: Jeremiah Kay, Assizes, 27 Aug 1817, seven years, native place Yorkshire, trade butcher, age 22, 5 feet 6 and a quarter inches tall, fair pale complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.

In the 1822 muster, he was assigned to Mr Rouse at Windsor.

He achieved his Certificate of Freedom on 27 August 1824.

7 February 1825 Jeremiah Kay married Jane Cross in Richmond, New South Wales, registered at St Peters Church of England Richmond by Banns by Henry Fulton.

They had 7 known children:
Jane Eleanor Kay, christened 9 April 1826 in Liverpool, New South Wales.
Harriet Kay, born 1827 in Liverpool.
Joseph Kay, born 1829 in Liverpool.
Ralph Jackson Kay, born 11 January 1833 in Liverpool.
Robert Kay born about 1836. 
Hannah Cross Kay, born 27 Aug 1838 in West Maitland.
Jeremiah Millington Kay, born 9 October 1840 in West Maitland

In the 1828 New South Wales census, Jeremiah was living in Liverpool, New South Wales: Kay, Jeremiah, 30, free by servitude, Morley, 1817, 7 years, Protestant, butcher, Liverpool; Kay, Jane, 19, came free, Broxbornbury, 1814, Protestant; Kay, Jane Helen, 2 yrs 9 mo, born in the colony; Kay, Harriet, 1 yr, 4 mo, born in the colony.

Jeremiah Kay died 27 May 1840 in West Maitland. Burial at Maitland 29 May 1840.


Convict Changes History

Heather Stevens on 24th August, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), date of death: 27th May, 1840 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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