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Maria Lawler

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Maria Lawler
Aliases: Betteny
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Receiving stolen property
Convicted at: -
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: -
Departure date:
Arrival date*: -
Place of arrival -
Passenger manifest -
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - convict records
Source description:

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Community Contributions

Nell Murphy on 25th April, 2017 wrote:

Maria LAWLER arrived free as an immigrant to Port Phillip, Victoria per the ship ‘Gilmore’ in 1840 - with her husband Sylvester LAWLER.

Maria was convicted at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 9 Sept 1845 for stealing wearing apparel. 7 yr transportation sentence and sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Flying Fish’ arriving 29 Dec 1845.

Married woman.  Husband Sylvester LAWLER.
3 children - 2 at Kilkenny, Ireland and 1 with husband at Geelong, Vctoria.
Aged 25yrs; Roman Catholic; 4’11”; servant.
Place of Birth: Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
Mother: Kathryn
Sisters: Kath & Margaret
Brothers: James Kelly

Colony of VDL:
6 mth Probation Period.
3 July 1849: Ticket of Leave granted.
30 Aug 1855: Certificate of Freedom issued, at Campbell Town, Tasmania.

Nell Murphy on 25th April, 2017 wrote:

8 Jan 1850: Application for Permission to Marry:
Maria LAWLER (per Flying Fish ship) to Thomas BETTANY (per William Miles ship). (ref. 52/1/3 pg 24). Approved.

28 Jan 1850: Marriage - Maria LAWLER, aged 32, widow, work woman to Thomas BATTENY (BETTANY), aged 37, shepherd, bachelor. At St. Lukes Church, Campbell Town, Tasmania. (ref. 37/1/9 no. 15)
Husband Thomas BETTENY was transported in 1828 for housebreaking and a known thief. He received his Ticket of Leave and lived in the Campbell Town district. He died aged 90 yrs. (ref. 35/1/68 no. 92)

No record located yet for Maria’s death or what happened with her family.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 25th April, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Archives - convict records (prev. ), firstname: Maria, surname: Lawler, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1820, date of death: 0000, gender: f, occupation, crime

Nell Murphy on 25th April, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: Betteny

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