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Mary Obrien

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Obrien
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: House servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Ireland, Clare
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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Community Contributions

Tony Beale on 8th January, 2021 wrote:

From Co Clare Ireland single protestant who could read. 2 previous convictions of 3 months each. 5’ 3” Fair ruddy and freckled complexion brown hair and hazel eyes. C46/706

Tony Beale on 8th January, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for Mary Ann Obrien
17/9/1840 Mary Ann O’brien confine 14 days in Sydney
22/1/1847 1 month hard labour for vagrancy at Bathurst

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Refused 20/11/1844 Mary Obrien 24 ToL (7yrs) per ship Isabella (5) refused permission to marry Henry Pope 48 free by servitude (14yrs) per ship Albion (1) Rev Thomas Hassall Cobbidee. Reason: Pope married with 3 children.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) View title info Fri 14 Feb 1845 Page 2 PICTON.
Abbotsford, February 10.—This village was
thrown into a state of considerable excitement
on Thursday evening last, in consequence of
one of our peace officers firing a pistol at a
man named Harry Pope ; the case came before
our respected Magistrate, Mr. John Wild, on
Saturday last, when the following particulars
were given in evidence by eight witnesses :—
On Thursday evening, about nine o’clock,
the constable (George Wilson), Harry Pope, and
a woman named Mary O’Brien, (a ticket-of-leave
holder) met together in the centre of the township;
some words ensued between Pope and Wilson
respecting the woman, and the former knocked
Wilson down, who, on rising, discharged one of
his pistols at Pope, but without effect. The
peace officer was soon taken into custody ; and
on Saturday last was brought up for examina-
tion before Mr Wild, J.P., when after a
careful and patient investigation, Wilson was
committed to Berrima Gaol to take his trial.
No less than seven witnesses, independent of
two constables, were bound over to prosecute
this fellow Wilson ; but as Berrima is some
forty miles from this, it can scarcely be ex-
pected that these men, who are poor mechanics
and labourers depending (to my own know-
ledge) on their daily labour for the support of
themselves and families, can attend without
remuneration ; it is scarcely fair that this im
portant sacrifice of their time and money (if
they be fortunate enough to have any) should
be expected from them. And yet, if they do
not attend, this scoundrel, and peace officer may
escape with impunity, and infect this neigh-
bourhood in company with his disreputable
paramour again. I fear our “opposition”
friends in Council have made a great mistake
in refusing to allow Crown witnesses a fair
remuneration for the time required for public
prosecutions ; it is a measure most likely to
cause material witnesses to absent themselves,
and thus impede and prevent the ends of jus-
tice, while crime and vice will escape with

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 28/7/1847 Mary O’Brien 27 free by servitude (7yrs) per ship Isabella (5) to marry Thomas Burns 33 ToL (life) per ship Emma Eugenia William Ross Goulburn

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 24/7/1846 c46/706 in Goulburn. Had a ToL 44/2253 dated 13/9/1844 In the Queenbeyan district. Then altered to Picton on 31/10/1844 and then to Berrima District on 18/3/1845 then to to Goulburn 23/6/1845.

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 8th 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: Mary, surname: Obrien, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1820, date of

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