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Mary Ryan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ryan
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1783
Occupation: 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: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Limerick
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Almorah
Departure date: 6th April, 1824
Arrival date: 20th August, 1824
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 107 other convicts


Primary source: Limerick Chronicle 15th March 1823 State Records of NSW:- Convict Indents, Certificates of Freedom, Censuses, Musters.
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Robin Sharkey on 8th November, 2015 wrote:

MARY RYAN was convicted at Limerick in March 1823 and given a sentence of 7 years

Limerick Chronicle 15th March 1823:
“City Criminal Court - Friday 14th March
“Patrick Molony, Mary Ryan, and Margaret Reeves for stealing sheep near Roxburgh, Guilty. to be transported for seven years.”

Margaret Reeves was aged 60 and arrived with Mary on the “Almorah” however Patrick Molony did not appear to arrive.

Mary Ryan - “Almorah’ arrived 1824.  AGED 40 years. SINGLE
Butter maker spinner washer 7 yr sentence

1824, 7 Nov - Seeking permission ot marry Michael Foley “free”
1824 Nov 9th - Approval to be married to Michael Foley, free, by Rev J J Therry
Marriage to Michael FOLEY did not proceed,

1825 Sep 7th - Seeking permission to marry Thomas Hurley in RC Church.
1825 9th Sept - Approval given to be married to Thomas HURLEY per “Mary”  by the Rev J J Therry

1825 - Marriage to Thomas Hurley, St Marys RC Registration

Husband - THOMAS HURLEY’s details:
aged 38 on arrival in 1819. Born Galway 5ft 11Inches.  Tried Galway
1825 T Hurley TL employed by Mr Small at Kissing Point
1828 -T Hurley Lived at Field of Mars, settler, aged 50 Catholic.

1828 Census - Aged 45 Catholic 14 years.  Wife of Thomas Hurley at Field of Mars
Servant: Michael Shea, Free by Serv,  per Prince Regent in 1820, aged 41, Catholic

Certificate of Freedom 30/617 dated 1 Sept 1830:-
* Year of birth - 1784 (consistent with ages given)
* 5ft 3.5 inches. pale freckled complexion dark brown hair, blue eyes.
* Little finger of both hands contracted. Lame of Right leg
Wife of Thomas Hurley per Mary (1) Free. Had a ticket of Leave no 29/5959 dated 5 August 1829.
* Says Ten year sentence (not correct lest no Cert of freedom due yet)

Maureen Withey on 14th May, 2020 wrote:

Tickets of Freedom - EVAN
Ryan Mary, Almorah 3, Sydney Gazette, 22 Aug 1829.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 8th November, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Limerick Chronicle 15th March 1823 State Records of NSW:- Convict Indents, Certificates of Freedom, Censuses, Musters. (prev. ), firstname: Mary, surname: Ryan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of b

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