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Mary Kirwan

Mary Kirwan, one of 99 convicts transported on the Competitor, 09 June 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Kirwan
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: All country work
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: House robbery
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Competitor
Departure date: 9th June, 1828
Arrival date: 10th October, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 98 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 414
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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Community Contributions

Tony Beale on 30th October, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures 1827-1828 From London reads and writes single protestant 4’ 11 3/4” dark brown hair and eyes.

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for Mary Kirwin 25/6/1829 Absconding without leave 3rd class at the factory for 3 months

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 19/8/1830. Mary Kirwan 19 bond (7 yrs) per ship Competitor to marry Samuel Furley ToL (14yrs) per ship Glory Rev William Cowper Sydney

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 7/9/1835 35/1021 Wife of Samuel Furley

According to her husbands record they moved to Tasmania

Tony Beale on 30th October, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Online

Mary Kirwan b 1811
490. MARY KIRWAN was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of February , 1 silk gown, value 12s.; 3 handkerchiefs, value 6s.; 1 lace cap, value 3s., and 1 lace collar, value 3s., the goods of Maria Clark ; and 1 lace cap, value 5s. , the goods of Samuel Beningfield .

SAMUEL BENINGFIELD. I am an auctioneer , and live in Hart-street, Mark-lane . The prisoner was found in my house while I was out - I know nothing more.

MARIA CLARK. I live at Mr. Beningfield’s - the street door is generally open in the day time. On the 5th of February, about twelve o’clock in the morning, I left my things safe on the third floor, and about one o’clock I found the prisoner, who was a stranger, in the two pair of stairs back room; I asked how she came there - she said she had got leave from a young lady, who was down at the door talking to a gentleman - she had nothing in her hands - I found the articles stated in the indictment in a handkerchief, which did not belong to the house; they were in the wardrobe by her - she denied ever having touched them; I am the only person who had care of the house; the cap belongs to Mrs. Beningfield; she had moved that out of the front bed-room; she still denied having touched them; I brought her down to the kitchen, and Mr. Beningfield sent for an officer, who took her.

JOSEPH HUNT . I am a constable, and took charge of the prisoner; she denied all knowledge of the property: I asked what business she had up there - she said she went up for a certain purpose.

GUILTY . Aged 17.

Transported for Seven Years .

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 30th October, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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