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David Kelly

David Kelly, one of 174 convicts transported on the Fanny, 25 August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Kelly
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Fanny
Departure date: 25th August, 1815
Arrival date: 18th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 174 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 226
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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Maureen Withey on 28th December, 2019 wrote:

List of names of 61 convicts arrived per ship Fanny, and embarked on His Majesty’s Colonial Brig Emu to the Derwent (VDL) January 25th 1816.

David Kelly, tried Middx G.D. 11 Jan 1815, 7 years, lab.

Maureen Withey on 25th January, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-23$init=CON31-1-23p181
13. David Kelly. Fanny and Emu. Tried 1815. 7 years.
Sept 3 1817. Neglect of Duty. To work for Govt. in his own time one week.Sept 19 1817. Neglect of Duty- to keep stock for Govt. in his own time one week.
May 16 1818. Felony. Taking away a boat called a Launch together with all her sails &c, & a smaller boat, both the propy. Of the Crown. - 50 Lashes & 12 months G.Gang.
May 16 1821. Absent from muster for Church. Repd.

The taking of the government launch was reported as follows in the newspapers:
Hobart Town Gazette, 11 April 1818
WHEREAS the Six Convicts hereinafter described did on the Night of Wednesday last, the 8th of this Month, feloniously carry away Two Government Boats from their moorings in Sullivan’s Cove, in the River Derwent, and are now supposed to be lurking about some of the Bays in the lower part of the Harbour. All Constables and others are hereby commanded to use every Exertion in their power to apprehend the said Felons, and lodge them in His Majesty’s Goal at Hobart Town; and all Persons are cautioned not to harbour, maintain, conceal, or in any way aid or comfort the said Felons, on pain of Penalties that will thereon ensue.

The men were recaptured and punished.:
The whole of the crown Servants who took away the Government launch on the 8th ult. have been brought in, under an escort of the 48th Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant LEROUX, with the exception of Le Gart; who, we are happy to say, is the only absentee now at large, and who is most probably taken ‘ere this.
Hobart Town Gazette, 16 May 1818.

The prisoners who lately carried away the Government launch from her moorings in the harbour, and who we reported in our last Paper to have been conveyed hither under an escort of the 48th Regiment from Port Dalrymple, were on Saturday last brought before a Bench of Magistrates, and severally convicted and sentenced as follows:- John Briggs, 200 lashes, and 5 years to Newcastle; John Richards, George Edwards, Robert Dye, John Smith, and James Jenkins; 100 lashes each, and 3 years to Newcastle; James Flynn, John Johnson, and David Kelly, 50 lashes each, and 12 months in the Gaol Gang.  The lenity shown the above misguided men, whose daring and atrocious crime might have been made a capital felony, and caused the forfeiture of their lives, we sincerely hope will operate as a warning to others, who may be persuaded to attempts of a similar nature.
Hobart Town Gazette, 23 May 1818.

However, the report of 11 April 1818, lists six men involved, including:
David Kelly, 5 feet 1 inch high, dark complexion, brown hair, brown eyes, 17 years of age, by trade a Shoemaker, tried in Dublin in February 1816, transported for 7 years, came from England in the Chapman and here in the Jupiter, and was born in Dublin.

This David Kelly, who was transported on Chapman, has no mention of the incident on his record, so it appears that a mistake was made by the police in advertising for the wrong David Kelly.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 28th December, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

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