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James Kiernan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Kiernan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Attorney
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: Cutting and wounding a policeman
Convicted at: -
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Tenasserim
Departure date: 22nd January, 1844
Arrival date: 13th April, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 4 other convicts

References

Primary source: Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List, 27 Apr 1844. Tasmanian Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON37-1-1$init=CON37-1-1p293
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Community Contributions

Maureen Withey on 5th December, 2019 wrote:

The barque Tenasserim, from Calcutta the 22nd January, and Madras the 13th February, arrived at Hobart Town on the 13th instant, with a general cargo for Sydney.  Passengers— Messrs. N. Noble, R. Ogilvie, G. T. Hicks, A. R. Buchee, one female and sixteen male convicts; she was to sail for Sydney on the 18th instant.
Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List, 27 Apr 1844.

THIS SHIP IS NOT YET ENTERED ON THIS DATABASE- HELP!!!

James Kiernan arrived on the Tenasserim 15 April 1844. He was convicted at Calcutta on 7 Jan 1843 for “Cutting and wounding a native.”

Maureen Withey on 5th December, 2019 wrote:

Monday 9th January.
James Kiernan, who has been found guilty of cutting and wounding the Police with intent to do some grievous bodily harm, has been sentenced to transportation to Van Diemen’s Land for fourteen years.
Summary of Intelligence. Bengal Catholic Herald, Calcutta, Sat Jan 14 1843.

A charge of very aggravated cruelty has just been brought to the Magistrate of the 24-Pergunnahs against a Mrs Smith, one of the most material witnesses for the defence of James Kiernan, for wounding and maiming. It appears she has been in the habit of cruelly castigating a female dependant, whom she called her slave.  She kept the poor creature frequently chained by the neck, and got the word “Liar” tattooed over the forehead.  She has been sentenced to a fine of 200 rupees and to six month’s imprisonment. The punishment is scarcely equal to the crime.
Summary of Intelligence. Bengal Catholic Herald, Calcutta, Sat Mar 4 1843.

CONVICT DEPARTMENT. Comptroller-General’s Office, Sept. 18, 1848.
In accordance with the Act of Council 6th Victoria, No. 18, I hereby give notice, for the
first time, that His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor has been pleased to approve of the
solemnization of Matrimony between the under-mentioned parties :
James Kiernan, Tenasserim, in private service, residing at Hamilton, and Eliza Liston, free, re-
siding in Hobart Town.
Colonial Times, (Hobart), 22 Sept 1848.

MARRIED.
At New Norfolk, on the 17th instant, by the Rev. W. Tancreed, Mr. James Kiernan, late of Calcutta, Bengal, fourth son of Mr. Francis Kiernan, Solicitor, Dublin, to Eliza Cutlar, Widow of Mr. T. Liston, Surveyor, Hobart Town, and granddaughter of the late General Hay Ferrier Cutlar, of Deanvale Park, Belleside, Cathlaw, and Governor of Dumbarton Castle.
Colonial Times (Hobart Tas.) 27 Oct 1847

James’ wife was clearly “well-connected”, as seen from this birth announcement, regarding her cousin:

BIRTH.
At Killadoigh House, on the 15th June, 1848, Lady CAMPBELL, the lady of Sir James Campbell, Bart., of a Son; grand-daughter of the late General Hay Ferrier Cutlar, of Deanvale Park, Belleside, and Governor of Dumbarton Castle, and cousin of Mrs. James Kiernan, of Hobart Town.
The Courier, (Hobart,Tas.) 18 Nov 1848.

Ticket of Leave Granted:
James Kiernan, Tenasserim.
The Cornwall Chronicle, 23 Oct 1852.

Cert. of Freedom:
James Kiernan, Tenasserim.
Cornwall Chronicle, 18 July 1857

An Absconder.-A respectable-looking man was apprehended on Thursday, and charged with being an absconder. He admitted his name to be James Kiernan, per ’ Tenesserim,’ and said that his sentence was fourteen years, and had expired last January, that he had his wife and family residing at King’s Meadow’s and begged to be allowed to communicate with them. The Police Magistrate granted that request, but said that he had received a memorandum from the Comptroller-General’s Office, informing him that Kiernan was only a passholder, that his original sentence had been extended, and that he ought to be at that time in the service of Mr. Pearson, of Evandale. He would therefore remand Kiernan before the Police Magistrate at Evandale for further examination.
The Courier (Hobart) 8 Jun 1857.

D Wong on 10th December, 2019 wrote:

James Kiernan was listed as 29 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Dublin.

James was literate, 5’11½” tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair and whiskers, long face, light grey eyes, cut under left eye, cut on left knee.

19/10/1853: TOL
9/7/1857: Free Certificate.

Maureen Withey on 10th December, 2019 wrote:

Tasmanian Conduct Indent:
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON16-1-2$init=CON16-1-2p98
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON16-1-2$init=CON16-1-2p99
Statement of Offence - Cutting and wounding a native. I was an asst. to the Supt. of Police at Bengal, Salary £150 per ann. Trade: Attorney clerk. Native place Dublin. F(ather)-Francis at N.P.,3 B(rothers), John, Francis & Michl; 3 S(isters), Emily, Ellen , Anna Maria at N.P.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th December, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 14 years, voyage, source: Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List, 27 Apr 1844. Tasmanian Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON37-1-1$init=CON37-1-1p293 (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Kiernan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: ,

D Wong on 10th December, 2019 made the following changes:

voyage, date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), crime

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