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John Ready

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Ready
Aliases: Reedy
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Gardener
Date of Death: 17th December, 1831
Age: 47 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Tipperary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Three Bees
Departure date: 8th December, 1813
Arrival date: 6th May, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. 1828 NSW Census.
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Maureen Withey on 10th August, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
John Ready, alias Reedy, age on arrival, 30, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Tipperary Co., 1812, 14 years.  DOB, 1784, Native place, Limerick. Trade, Gardener Labourer.  Spouse: m. Elizabeth Curtis.


Colonial Secretary Index.

READY, John. Per “Three Bees”, 1814; of Parramatta

1820 May 18 - Memorial (Fiche 3029; 4/1825A No.637 pp.459-62)
1822 Mar 31-Sep 30 - On lists of persons to whom convict mechanics have been assigned (Fiche 3296; X53 pp.8, 20, 34)
1823 Apr 5 - On return of allotments in the town of Parramatta; listed as Raidy (Fiche 3265; 4/7576 pp.1, 9)
1823 May 30 - On list of persons who have neglected to pay for convict mechanics assigned up to 31 Mar 1822 (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.422)


1828 NSW Census.
Householder at Parramatta District.  Holds 50 acres, at Castle Hill, Hunters River,  3 horses and 70 cattle.
John Ready, age 38, F.S. Three Bs, 1814, 14 years, catholic.
Elizabeth Ready, age 25, Born in Colony, wife, catholic.
Bridget Ready, age 2, born in colony.
Also a servant/labourer, William Dwyer, 35, per Medina.
John signed the form with his name.

Maureen Withey on 15th August, 2020 wrote:

This report uses a mistake or misprint of John Ready’s name.

Supreme Court. Thursday 2nd September.
John Renny was indicted for stealing, at Windsor, on the 18th June. 6 cows and 1 bullock, the property of John Connee.
John Connee said, I live on the race ground near Windsor; in June last, I was possessed of 100 head of cattle; on a Saturday in June I missed 6 cows and a bullock which I had on Colonel O’Connell’s run, on the previous evening at sun-down ; I saw them the Sunday following in the pound at Parramatta, in charge of n constable ; they were branded with my own’ initials on the rump ; 1 have known the prisoner six or seven years ; at the time I lost the cattle he lived with his mother on the farm adjoining mine ; I never put any of my cattle under his charge, or employed him to sell any.
Cross-examined by Mr. Chambers.-I knew the cattle I saw at Parramatta to be mine ; I could have picked them out of a hundred ; I am informed that the prisoner is possessed of property ; I am certain the cattle 1 saw at Parramatta were mine ; I have heard that the prisoner is out of his mind at times ; I never heard anything against him before this.
Mr. John Thorn, Chief Constable at Parramatta said, I took the prisoner into custody on the 25th of June, at the house of a person named Curtis on the Parramatta road ; he had six cows branded I. C, which were afterwards claimed by the last witness ; I afterwards found a bullock at Durgin’s in Parramatta, which 1 was informed, was left there by the prisoner.
Cross examined.-The prisoner has been a man of property, but I do not think he has any now ; I know the prisoner very well ; I have heard people say he was mad ; I have myself seen some very foolish acts of his and I have also seen some roguish ones ; I saw him going about one day with a pistol in a very extraordinary manner, and I took it from him, as the people said he would otherwise shoot somebody.
Jeremiah Dacey stated that, in June last, he lived at the house of Mrs. Curtis on the Parramatta road ; remembers the prisoner bringing six cows there, which were afterwards taken away by Mr. Thorn.
Michael Kearney resides at Parramatta ; purchased a cow of the prisoner, at Parramatta, for six dollars, on the 10th or 19th June ; he had with him at the time, besides the one he sold me, five cows and one bullock ; I left the cow I purchased of the prisoner in the paddock with the rest, ande on the following morning found them all missing ; I saw them afterwards in the custody of Mr. Thorn.
Cross examined-I have known tho prisoner for some time ; he was possessed of cattle, and is now I believe ; he was considered not very sane for some time past.
James Dargin-I live near the toll-gate at Parramatta ; I purchased a bullock of the prisoner for £2,
about the 18th or 19th June ; he had other cattle with him at the time ; I gave up the bullock afterwards to Mr. Thorn.
Cross-examined-I have beard rumours that the prisoner was deranged ; I did not perceive anything of the kind in his manner when I purchased the bullock.
This was the case for the prosecution.
The prisoner called no witnesses.
His Honor summed up the evidence to the Jury who found the prisoner Guilty.
The Court ordered judgment of death to be recorded against the prisoner.
Sydney Gazette, 2 Sept 1830.


John Ready was sentenced for cattle stealing and sent to Moreton Bay penal settlement.

Moreton Bay Convict Records

One of 50 male prisoners per “Governor Phillip” arrived 1 January 1831.
John Ready, Three Bees, Original conviction: Tried at Co Tipperary, Aug 1822 (?), 14 years. Labourer. Colonial conviction: Tried at Sup. Court, Sydney 2 Sep 1830, for Cattle stealing. Sentence, 7 years commuted from Death recorded.  Died 17 Dec 1831.
Description: John Ready, native of Co. Limerick, age 50, 5 ft 10 in; sallow complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes. Catholic.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 10th August, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 14 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. 1828 NSW Census. (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Ready, alias1: Reedy, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1784, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupatio

Maureen Withey on 15th August, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 17th December, 1831 (prev. 0000)

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