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George Marley

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Marley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 7 years

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Drogheda Louth County
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Three Bees
Departure date: 8th December, 1813
Arrival date: 6th May, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. Colonial Secretary Index. 1828 Census Index.
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Community Contributions

Maureen Withey on 20th October, 2020 wrote:

George Marley was indicted for embezzling several sums of money, the property of Messrs. Fay, Grangler, and Hughes, of Navan, during the period he acted as their clerk in Drogheda by taking credit in his weekly accounts for money. The prisoner pleaded guilty and after received a lecture from the learned Judge, he was sentenced to seven years transportation.
Belfast Newsletter 5 March 1813.

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
George Marley, age 36, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Drogheda Louth Co., 1813, 7 years,  DOB, 1778, native place, Meath, Accountant.


Colonial Secretary Index.

MARLEY, George. Per “Three Bees”, 1814.

1817 - Servant of Captain William Campbell; petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3179; 4/1852 p.229)
1820 - Memorial (Fiche 3025; 4/1824B No.479 pp.771-4)
1820 Aug 15 - Countersigned printed copy of Proclamation on the accession of King George IV; at Liverpool on 7 Aug (Reel 6049; 4/1745 p.167)
1822 Oct 10 - Schoolteacher at Parramatta. For financial assistance (Reel 6055; 4/1762 p.18)
1822 Nov 22 - Memorial applying for position as teacher at Roman Catholic School, Parramatta (Fiche 3050; 4/1831 No.240)


1828 Census Index.
George Marlay, age 50, F.S. Three Bees, 1814, 7 years, catholic, Clerk to John McArthur, Camden district.

DJ Gleeson on 24th February, 2022 wrote:

Marley is often lauded for being the first Catholic schoolteacher in Australia and establishing the first offical Catholic school. Both claims are incorrect. Primary evidence confirms that the first Catholic school was established by convict priest, Fr James Harold in ca 1803 on Norfolk Island. Several schools led by trained Irish teachers operated in Sydney from 1805. The most notable was operated by Farrell Cuffe for more than 15 years, after which he removed to Wilberforce, where he and his wife continued the school for at least two more decades.
Marley (incorrectly spelt Morley in much Catholic literature) was not a trained teacher and his Parramatta school collapsed in early 1823. Irish Catholic families chose to send their children to other, often Church of England schools, because of Marley’s poor quality teaching.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 20th October, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. Colonial Secretary Index. 1828 Census Index. (prev. ), firstname: George, surname: Marley, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death:

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