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John Mcloughlin

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Mcloughlin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1789
Occupation: Unknown
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing a horse
Convicted at: Dublin City
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Providence
Departure date: 10th December, 1810
Arrival date: 2nd July, 1811
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 97 other convicts


Primary source: Freemans Journal 4 November 1809, SWNSW - Convict ship indnets, Colonial Secretary's correspondence incoming (J J Moore), SRNSW Musters of 1822, 1825 and NSW 1828 Census, “Federal Capital Pioneer”, Friday 20 August 1926, p 1
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Robin Sharkey on 6th December, 2015 wrote:

John Mcloughlin was aged 21 when in November 1809 he was found guilty in Dublin of stealing two mares, together with John Stewart.  His sentence would have been death, however it was commuted to transportation for life.  John Stewart did not arrive in NSW.

He ended up in his mature adult years working out on the Limestone plains of NSW for J J Moore, at Argyle and at Canberry station. No evidence of marriage.


Freemans Journal 4 November 1809
Commission Intelligence.
“Thursday, 2 November 1809
“John Stewart and John McLaughlin, guilty of stealing two mares”

Aged 22 years at departing Ireland in December 1810 on “Providence”

1814 Muster - Servant to Owen McNannemy, Mustered at Sydney. McNannemy arrived on Marquis Cornwallis in 1796 and was on a conditional pardon, and in 1814 was a saltboiler.
1821 Conditional PARDON
30 November 1821. Tried Dublin City, October 1811, given LIFE sentence.

1822 Muster - Employed by Government, Liverpool

1825 - Con Pardon, Resident at Argyle, employed by J J Moore.

Working For JJ Moore at “Canberry” on the Molonglo River at Argyle.

Information from “Federal Capital Pioneer”, Friday 20 August 1926, p 1
“Lieutenatn Joshua John Moore” y Henry Selkirk
THis was Joshua John Moore, a retired officer of the 14th Regiment of Foot, and a Waterloo veteran.  He was the son of a gentleman farmer at Cambridge in England.  In 1816 when his regiment was disbanded, he received a colonial appointment to NSW as Registrar of the NSW Court, where he arrived with the Judge Advocate, John Wylde, per “Elizabeth,” October 5, 1816 and also was the judge’s Clerk. He held these positions until 1825 when the NSW Supreme Court was established and he was Prothontary to that court for a while.  In 1825 he retired to his farm - a 500 acre land grant in 1819 at Cabramatta near Liverpool -  and married a freshly arrived Englsihwoman who came to NSW to marry him.

However, he had sent men out for him to Goulburn Plains to hold 600 acres for him under a ticket of occupation.  By 1831 he had built stockyards there and was then given this land in 1831, at his own request, as a land grant, called “Baw Baw”, near Goulburn.

But in 1822-34 he’d also taken up the occupation of 300 acres of land on the Limestone PLains, since in 1825 he asked to secure this land, which he described as at “Canberry” on the east bank of the river watering Limestone Plains (the Molonglo), adjoining Robert Campbell’s grant. He said huts and stock yards were on this land, and about 30 acres enclosed and under cultivation.  Moore was informed, April 30, 1827, that under the circumstances he would be allowed to retain possession of 1,000 acres “at Canberry, adjoining the grant of the Hon. Robert Campbell. Senior, Esq.”

John McLoughlin could have been at the Goulburn property at Argyle or at the more remote and beautiful Canberry on the banks of the Molonglo, living in the huts there. However, from a letter of JJ Moore himself, John McLoughlin became his overseer at Canberry:

“ … Mr. Moore’s original overseer was James Cowan, who was associated with James Ainslie in the capture of the bushrangers, Tennant and Rix in 1828. In the following year, however, Mr. Moore, in a letter to the Governor, dated November 7, [1828] mentions that his overseer “in Argyle at Canburry,” was one John McLaughlin. No doubt it was after this person that McLaughlin Creek received its name. “

However the November 1828 Census records him as being Superintendant on William Broughton’s farm at Argyle, so it is possible that he later moved.

John McLoughlin, aged 41, Catholic, Superintendant on William Broughton’s holding of 2,000 acres at Goulburn Plains - with 500 acres cleared,  25 cultivated, 983 horned cattle and 3300 sheep

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 6th December, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Freemans Journal 4 November 1809, SWNSW - Convict ship indnets, Colonial Secretary's correspondence incoming (J J Moore), SRNSW Musters of 1822, 1825 and NSW 1828 Census, “Federal Capital Pioneer”, Friday 20

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