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William Ryan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Ryan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1792
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 24th June, 1884
Age: 92 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: Irish rebel
Convicted at: Ireland. Tipperary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 14th July, 1816
Arrival date: 20th December, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 63 other convicts


Primary source: Mayberry, Peter, Irish Convicts to New South Wales. Garber, Val and Robertson, Jeanette; "From Tartan to Wattle".
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Denis Pember on 10th June, 2015 wrote:

William was classified as one of the Irish, Whiteboy rebels and convicted of Insurrection.

Denis Pember on 10th June, 2015 wrote:

Was in a relationship with Mary Higgins, daughter of Robert Higgins (NSW Corps Corporal; Queen 1791) and Lydia Farrell (Convict; Pitt, 1792).  This relationship commenced some time around 1830 when her marriage with Thomas Seymour (Convict; Admiral Gambier, 1811) apparently broke up.  She already had 8 children and she and William had 4 more, in the period 1830 to 1840.
William received his pardon around 1830.  He and Mary moved to the Illawarra district.

Phil Hands on 5th August, 2017 wrote:

William, a blacksmith by trade, was tried and convicted, along with 13 others, at Clonmel, Co. Tipperary in 1816 on charges of insurrection, arising from a riotous incident known as the barracks of Ballagh affair, these men were all opponents of the Tithe system and had been at first sentenced to death at Clonmel Ireland. Among their crimes were destroying the dispensary and other buildings at Ballagh, which were intended by Government as barracks to quarter troops in. The troops had been sent to Tipperary to quell riots that had been taking place over the previous few months, one of the group was hanged, the rest sentenced to transportation for 14 years.
Left Cork on 14th July 1816.
Ship:- the ‘Surrey I’ sailed with 150 male convicts on board, there were no repor5ted deaths during the voyage.
Arrived on 20th December 1816.

He was assigned to John Oxley at Kirkham, near the Cowpastures, until December 1822. This is probably where he met Mary Seymour who left her husband, Thomas Seymour, and moved with William to Picton, and in March moved to the Illawarra district, then in 1841 they were living at Ann’s Grove and finally settled at Dapto.
William and Mary had 4 children between 1830-1840.
He received his pardon around 1830.

Mary died in 1867 at Dapto, NSW.
William died on 24th June 1884 also at Dapto.
Mary and William are buried together at the Catholic Cemtetry, at West Dapto.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 10th June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 14 years, voyage, source: Mayberry, Peter, Irish Convicts to New South Wales. Garber, Val and Robertson, Jeanette; "From Tartan to Wattle". (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Ryan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of bi

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