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Margaret Mcgreevy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Margaret Mcgreevy
Aliases: Mccreadie, Mcgreavy, Mcgrady
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 9th December, 1865
Age: 69 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Cork City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Elizabeth
Departure date: 26th July, 1818
Arrival date: 19th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 28 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. colonial Secretary Index.
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Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Margaret McGreevy, alias McCreadie, McGreavy, McGrady, age on arrival, 22.  per Elizabeth I (2), 1818. Trade – Housekeeper. Born 1796. Tried 1817 at Cork City, 7 years.

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

MCGREAVY, James. Per “Chapman”, 1817.

1821 Aug 9 - On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta”; listed as McGrady (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.213)
1822 Nov 9 - Evidence re alleged rape of his daughter (Reel 6067; 4/1808 pp.367-82)
1823 Feb 25 - On list of convicts removed from Newcastle to Port Macquarie per “Mermaid” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.394-5)
1824 Aug 2 - Prisoner at Port Macquarie. Affirming that John McKuen came on same ship (Reel 6068; 4/1815 p.435)

also on the CSI is information abot his wife and daughter, Mary Ann:

MCGREAVY, Margaret. Per “Elizabeth”, 1818; wife of James.

1821 Aug 22 - On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Mermaid” (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.255)
1822 Nov 9 - Evidence re alleged rape of her daughter (Reel 6067; 4/1808 pp.367-82)
1823 Feb 25 - On list of convicts removed from Newcastle to Port Macquarie per “Mermaid” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.394-5)

MCGREAVY, Mary Anne. Of Newcastle; daughter of James and Margaret McGreavy; aged 7.

1822 Nov 9 - Evidence re alleged rape of (Reel 6067; 4/1808 pp.367-82)

This is the first part of an article about James Nixon Brunker, published in The Voice of The North, 11 April 1932.

By W. J. Goold
One of the pioneer families of Newcastle were the McGreavy’s, who, in the early thirties, kept an inn in Watt Street, on the site of the late Dr. John Harris’ surgery. One of their daughters (Mary Ann) married James Nixon Brunker (Snr.), and went to reside in a little cottage in Watt Street, where Howard Smith’s shipping offices are to-day.
The cottage was built upon an allotment of land (No. 54), which had been granted to William Evans in 1824, and on April 13th, 1832, Mrs. Brunker purchased it for £100. A fortnight later (April 27th, 1832) this good lady gave birth to a son, who was destined to become a Minister of the Crown, and one of the leading statesmen of the Colony (the Honourable James Nixon Brunker).
In early childhood he lost his father, who was drowned whilst attempting to cross the Cockfighter’s
Creek, near Wollombi. His body was recovered and buried in the Christ Church cemetery at Newcastle. Mrs. Brunker opened a small store in Watt Street, and faced the problem of providing for her young family with the courage that was characteristic of the pioneer women of Australia.
For many years she successfully carried on this business, and gave her children a sound education. In a description of Newcastle in 1842, it states that there were nine stores in the township, the proprietors being Mrs. M. A. Brunker, Thomas Buxton, Thomas Bruce, Thomas Grieves, Samuel Higgenden, James Croft, Henry Usher and Mrs. Elizabeth Ronald.
Young Brunker lived with his mother in Watt Street until he was 16 years of age. His early education was received at the hands of the Rev. C. P. N. Wilton, M.A., of Christ Church, who, though a stern and strict disciplinarian, was a very capable tutor.
He was afterwards sent to Sydney to finish off at the old Sydney College.
His mother was very anxious for him to join the legal profession, and on finishing his education he was placed in the office of Carr, Owen & Rogers,a firm of prominent Sydney solicitors.
He did not stay long here, for on account of ill-health he was compelled to resign his position and return to his home at Newcastle. Here he obtained a position as clerk to Mr. W. H. Whyte, who was the leading butcher and stock salesman in the Newcastle district.
In 1851, when only 19 years of age, he purchased the butchering business of Mr. Samuel Clift, at East Maitland, and took up his residence in the town which, in later years, he was so ably to represent in Parliament.
Maitland at that time was of much greater commercial importance than Newcastle, and while Hunter Street, Newcastle, was little more than a bullock track, High Street, West Maitland was a busy, prosperous thoroughfare, lined with substantially built shops, inns, etc.
The district was largely a wheat growing area, and adjacent to the township there were some 4367 acres covered with wheat, besides 2442 acres of maize, 416 acres of barley, etc.
The township of West Maitland comprised some 652 houses, with a total population of 3132; in East Maitland there were 190 houses and 1100 persons. ….


James and Margaret’s daughter Mary Ann married James Brunker, and their son, James Nixon Brunker became a leading politician and a minister of the Crown.


Died, at his residence, Newcastle, Mr. James McGreavy, on the 21st instant, for many years an innkeeper in that town, aged 60 years.

The Maitland Mercury, 23 Sep 1846.

The Death of his wife Margaret:

On the 9th December, 1865, at Newcastle, Margaret, relict of the late James McGreavy, and grandmother of James N. Brunker, East Maitland ; aged 68 years.


A curious marriage notice and subsequent letter from James McGreavy. There must be a story behind this:

On the 10th instant, at Newcastle, by the Rev. Mr. Dowling, Mr. James Cunningham, clerk of the
colonial hospital at that place, to Mrs. M. A. Bruncker, daughter of Mr. James McGreavy.
Australasia chronicle, 18 Aug 1842.

To the Editors of the Sydney Morning Herald.
GENTLEMEN— Having observed in the Australasian Chronicle, of the 18th instant, the name of Mrs. M. A. Brunker, as having been on the 10th instant married to a person named Cunningham. I beg you will have the goodness to give such a report the most positive contradiction, by the insertion of this letter in your paper, which will counteract the effect intended to be produced by the malicious writer of the report referred to, which plainly evinces a malignancy of disposition only to be gratified by attempting injury to others. I sincerely pity those who permit themselves to be so far overcome by their envious, and malicious feelings as to be compelled by them to the assertion of a falsehood for gratification. I can assure the party their vain and fruitless attempts are pitied and forgiven, and from motives of charity alone, I will point out the way in which they may find some relief for their wretched and depraved minds. Let them make all the atonement in their power for the past, by seeking in future some more worthy and less disgraceful occupation than that of inserting lies in the Australasian Chronicle.
I am, Gentlemen, your most obedient servant,
Newcastle. August 20.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 Aug 1842.
Maitland Mercury, 12 Dec 1865.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. colonial Secretary Index. (prev. ), firstname: Margaret, surname: Mcgreevy, alias1: Mccreadie, alias2: Mcgreavy, alias3: Mcgrady, alias4: , date of birth: 1796, date of

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 9th December, 1865 (prev. 0000)

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