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Henry Lennon

Henry Lennon, one of 260 convicts transported on the Merchantman, 29 June 1864

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Lennon
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: 'ploman' & farm labourer
Date of Death: 9th June, 1883
Age: 71 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Wounding with intent
Convicted at: Chester Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Merchantman
Departure date: 29th June, 1864
Arrival date: 12th September, 1864
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 260 other convicts

References

Primary source: WA, Convict Records (Reel No.FCN42, Ref.No. ACC 128/40-43). The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Admiralty Transport Department, Surgeon Superintendents' Journals of Convict Ships; Reference No. MT32/8. Ancestry. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 36
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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John Lennon on 4th June, 2019 wrote:

Henry Lennon.  My grandfather x3times born in Templemichael Longford. Ireland left and went to Cheshire. England 1845 with his wife & five children they worked on af farm owned by the mason family at Greasly. Near Chester from 1859 till 1862 when he was convicted in Chester . Spent two years in prison then sent to W A for 15 years worked on T O L for James Brady ? At Avine. Dongala
Until James Brady died from there I do not know what happed to. Henry ,I would love to know thanks

Iris Dunne on 5th June, 2019 wrote:

Convict Index: Birth Year 1825, married with 5 children, Occupation Labourer, Comments d.19.6.1883

UK Surgeon Superintendents Jounrnals of Convict Ships; 1864: aged 37, cannot read or write, Offence of Felonious wounding, Moderately good character

Convict Records: Trade Laborer, Remarks: Cut right wrist, Tumour on head

D Wong on 5th June, 2019 wrote:

Catholic Telegraph Dublin, Republic of Ireland
27 Dec 1862:

Henry Lennon, who had been convicted the first day of grievous assault upon police-officer Kearney, was put up ; and on being asked what he had to say, he stated that he was returning from a shoemaker’s place where he had been, when, seeing about twenty police coming towards him, he went into a door at the side of the street.  Three of them crossed over to him, and one levelled him to the ground with a blow, which gave him a large cut on the head, the mark of which he had still.
He called out, “Kearney, are you going to take my life?” and, raising his arm, in which he had the piece of iron, the latter struck the man in the eye.
His Lordship said he wished for some information as to whether there had been any former riots in Birkenhead.

Henry was then sentenced to fifteen years’ penal servitude.

Henry Lennon had been involved in the Birkenhead riots along with many others.

Henry was 39 years old on arrival. (Family info has him born in 1812 in Templetate, Roscommon, Ireland.)
He was 5’5ΒΌ” tall, dark brown hair, grey eyes, sallow complexion, middling stout.

28/9/1867: TOL
16/1/1873: Conditional Release, Champion Bay.
Labourer, carter, self-employed, 1872.
1884: At Dongara.

19/6/1883: Henry died. (Date from Fremantle Prison database - nothing listed on the WA BDM).

Paddy Reynolds on 14th March, 2021 wrote:

Henry Lennon was convicted, probably wrongly for what became known as the Garibaldi Riots in Birkenhead Cheshire (Merseyside). It is often depicted, with some accuracy,  as a Catholic/ Protestant conflict. Ironically the Protestant vicar Joseph Baylee was an Irishman form Limerick. He was also an Orangeman. The Catholic priest was a convert from the Church of England, Robert Wright Brundritt and Henry wrote to a local clergyman Canon Chapman thanking him for their support. The policeman Henry was alleged to have assaulted, Patrick Kearney was also a Catholic and had at one time lived in Oak St where Henry lived. My opinion is that the “riot” was the result the vacancy which had arisen for a chief constable. The two candidates, who were not successful ,were showing who was the toughest and allowed the men under their control to run amock.

Convict Changes History

John Lennon on 4th June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Iris Dunne on 5th June, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

Iris Dunne on 5th June, 2019 made the following changes:

source: WA, Convict Records (Reel No.FCN42, Ref.No. ACC 128/40-43). The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Admiralty Transport Department, Surgeon Superintendents' Journals of Convict Ships; Reference No. MT32/8. Ancestry. Australian Joint Copying Project

D Wong on 5th June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 1827), date of death: 9th June, 1883 (prev. 0000)

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