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Felix O'hare

Felix O'Hare, one of 174 convicts transported on the Fanny, 25 August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Felix O'hare
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1787
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 4th June, 1876
Age: 89 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Obstructing officers of the revenue
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Fanny
Departure date: 25th August, 1815
Arrival date: 18th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 174 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 229 (116)
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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Anonymous on 18th March, 2012 wrote:

Felix became a landowner/farmer at The Oaks near PIcton NSW. He is buried in the church yard there. He was 89 years old when he died.

Phil Hands on 21st May, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Edinburgh Court of Justiciary 14th July 1814 of obstructing and deforcing the officers of the Revenue with co-accused Felix ONeill, they were both sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 25th august 1816.
Ship:- the ‘Fanny I’ sailed with 174 male convicts on board of which 3 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 18th January 1816.

Felix was in the employ of Mr Caddy as a servant. He applied for permission to marry Bridget Murray on 2nd March 1818, they married on 28th June 1818, they had 3 children between 1819-1823.

Citation details: No 605
Felix Hare, prisoner age 30, per Fanny of the parish of Parramatta and Bridget Murrey, prisoner age 28 per Canada of ditto were married in this church by banns this 29th day of June 1818 by me Samuel Marsden.

Both Felix and Bridget made their X marks in the register in the presence of Henry Armstrong who made his X mark and Mary Walsh who signed the register.

14th April 1823 (Age 29)
Felix Hare was tried in a court of criminal jurisdiction and acquitted of highway robbery but convicted of assault on Michael Byrne. He applied for mitigation of his sentence and held in gaol awaiting payment of his fine of five pounds. On 15th August 1823, he was released from gaol. This period (June to August 1823) is likely to be the period for the commencement of co-habitation between William Purnell and Bridget Hare (Felix’s wife).

In the 1825 General Muster, Felix was listed as a landowner of Parramatta living with his three children john aged 6, Thomas aged 4, and Felix aged 2. In the same muster, his wife Bridget is recorded as ‘lives with Purnell’ at Bringelly.

22nd January 1827   (Age 33)
Felix petitioned the Archdeacon to make his wife Bridget return to his marital home. Bridget by this time had left him and took up with William Purnell and had had two children by him. William Purnell was however at this time in gaol for stealing from his employer and Bridget has also been petitioning the Archdeacon to free him.

Honourable Sir
I beg leave to state to you that I hear my Wife Bridget Murray alias Hare is making application to your Honour and His Excellency the Governor to get William Purnell out of Prison Who Was lately Convicted of having some property of Mr Jonathan Hassells in his possession which he was convicted of having Embezzled Said Mr Purnell is living in adultery with my Wife Bridget Murray or Hare after bearing three Children to Me two of Whom I Keep at School at Prospect and the other she keeps against my inclination with her, We were Married more than Eight years ago by the Reverend Mr Marsden at Parramatta;
Sir she has also two Children by said Purnell and is continually with him in the Prison Which is contrary to all Laws Human and Divine that such adulterous intercourse would be permitted, She and he has resided thirty miles from where I reside so that the Inhabitants of the Cow pastures who signed her Memorial thought her to be his Wife I beg of your Honour to Command her to show her Marriage Lines wherein you Will find what I say to be true. Which I pray you make known to his Excellency.
Sir with great Respect
I am
your obedient Servant
Felix Hare
Prospect, January 22nd 1827.

Felix died on 4th June 1876 at Camden, his death certificate records him as 88 years old. His father is listed as ‘- O’Hare’, father occupation not known, mother’s maiden name not known. The informant was Felix O’Hare, son, at Hardwick, signed with his mark.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 18th March, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1787-00-00, date of death 1876-00-00, gender m

Phil Hands on 21st May, 2017 made the following changes:

surname: O'hare (prev. O'Hare)

Iris Dunne on 3rd October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of death: 4th June, 1876 (prev. 1876)

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