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Bridget Mcgonegal

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Bridget Mcgonegal
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1818
Occupation: Childs maid
Date of Death: 23rd June, 1851
Age: 33 years

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: Street robbery
Convicted at: Londonderry Spring Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 8th March, 1840
Arrival date: 24th July, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 118 other convicts


Primary source: New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Non-Annotated Printed Indentures 1840-1842
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Tony Beale on 4th January, 2021 wrote:

From Londonderry Ireland. Single catholic who could not read or write. 3 previous convictions and imprisonments. 5’ 1” Ruddy complexionbrown hair dark grey eyes. C47/500

Tony Beale on 5th January, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 8/6/1847 Cert no 47/504

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 24/2/1848 Bridget McGonegal 29 free by servitude (7yrs) per ship Isabella(5) to marry John Green 29 ToL (14yrs) per ship Marquis of Huntly Rev Thomas Sharp Bathurst

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) View title info Wed 2 Jul 1851 Page 3
On Thurs-
day, the 2Gth. an inquest was held on the
body of Bridget Green, who was lying dead
at Mr. Mulvey’s, Donnybrook Inn. By the
evidence of John Green (husband of deceased),
Samuel Divalle, and Matthew Flood, a boy of
nine years of age, whose statement only was
taken, Captain Sutherland not administering the oath to him, it appeared that on the Monday previous, Green, the husband, was proceeding with,, a loaded dray in the direction of Evans’s Plains, the deceased being on the dray at the time. She had been drinking, but the witnesses varied as to whether she was drunk at the time. Green had beat her with a whip several times on the road, and just previous to the accident happening had told her to get off the dray, the road being rough, but she refused ยก upon which lie told her to hold fast by the’ rope. On arriving near the bottom of Cherry-tree Hill, Green being alongside the leading bullocks at the time, deceased fell over the front of the dray on the off side, and the wheel crushed against her side and went over her shoulder before the bullocks could be stopped. She died immediately.
Green appeared to feel much sorrow for the accident, and camped at the spot, telling the
witness Divalle to inform Dr. Machattie as
soon as he got into Bathurst, which he neglected to do, although it appeared Green gave him half-a-crown. Dr. Busby, who made an external examination of the body, stated l have this day examined the body of a woman said to be named Bridget Green ; I found the left arm and shoulder much bruised, and bruises extending across the back towards the right shoulder ; I found also several of the ribs fractured near the spine, .by which the contents of the chest must have been severely injured and lacerated ; I think it probable that the effusion, of blood into the lungs, which would be the consequence of the severe injuries sustained; . would cause death by suffocation, much blood-having evidently flowed from her mouth. The Jury returned a verdict of “accidentally killed from injuries inflicted by the wheel of a dray’.” The boy Flood, upon being
questioned by Captain Sutherland, to ascertain
whether he knew the nature of an oath, stated,
that he did not know there was either a God
or a place of punishment, and that he had
never been taught cither at a school or at home.
The worthy Coroner strongly animadverted
upon the wickedness of parents and guardians
allowing a child to arrive at his age without instilling : into his mind even the slightest principles of religion, and read the witness Green a very severe lecture on the brutality of the course he had pursued in flogging the deceased with his bullock whip.

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 4th January, 2021 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Non-Annotated Printed Indentures 1840-1842 (prev. ), firstname: Bridget, surname: Mcgonegal, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1818, d

Tony Beale on 5th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 23rd June, 1851 (prev. 0000)

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