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John O'donnell

John O'Donnell, one of 278 convicts transported on the Admiral Gambier and Eolus [Aeolus], July 1808

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John O'donnell
Aliases: John O'donald
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Boot maker
Date of Death: 12th February, 1815
Age: 31 years

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 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Admiral Gambier and Aeolus
Departure date: July, 1808
Arrival date: 20th December, 1808
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 279 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 410
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Denis Pember on 28th March, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Transcript (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org).
John O’Donnell t18060917-69
JOHN O’DONNELL , SAMUEL CARTER , and JOHN GORE, were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Jonathan Kendall , about the hour of nine at night on the 29th of August , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, a bank note, value 20 l. a bank note, value 10 l. ten bank notes, value 2 l. each, and ten other bank notes, value 1 l. each, the property of Jonathan Kendall .
Second count for like offence, only stating the house to be the dwelling house of Walter Shepherd.
...... there follows a very long and detailed transcript of the proceedings…......
GORE, GUILTY - DEATH , aged 24.
[The prisoners were recommended to mercy by the jury, on account of their being led into it by their accomplice.]
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Sutton.

Denis Pember on 28th March, 2016 wrote:

O’Donnell was transported on the “Admiral Gambier” and arrived in the colony December 20th 1808.
In the colony, John married Ann Beard/Beer (Convict, Britannia, 1798).
They married March 26th 1810. The couple had two daughters, Mary Ann 1812 and Hannah 1814.

Muster record 1814…
[Ref 4619] John O’Donnell, Admiral Gambier, Off Stores, Shoemaker.
[Ref 6186] Ann Beer, Britannia, 2 children Off stores, wife to John O’Donnell.
John died 1815.
Ann then was with Thomas Johnson (Second Fleet Convict, Neptune, 1790).

Penny-Lyn Beale on 1st December, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales Certificate of Freedom. [NRS 12208] Register of Certificate of Freedoms
No; 5/1264 - November 1813

Name; John O’Donnell
When and where tried; Middlesex - 17 Sep 1806
Sentence; 7 years
Ship and arrival year; Admiral Gambier - 1809
When time expired. 17 Sep 1813
Date of Certificate; 1 Nov 1813
Description and Remarks;
Native County; May
Trade; Boot ?
Age; 29 years
Height; 5 ft. 6 1/2 in
Complexion; Dark
Hair; Black
Eyes; Dark Brown
Additional Remarks; Good Looking

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 23rd March, 2016 made the following changes:

surname: O'donnell (prev. O'Donnell), date of death: 12th February, 1815 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Denis Pember on 28th March, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: John O'donald

Penny-Lyn Beale on 1st December, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1784 (prev. 0000), occupation

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