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John Shea

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Shea
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Reaper
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: -
Convicted at: Cork City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Departure date: 3rd September, 1822
Arrival date: 21st December, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 80 other convicts

References

Primary source: Heartbreak and Hope, Deference and Defiance on the Yimmang: Tocal’s convicts 1822-1840 Brian Patrick Walsh, B Rur Sc (Hons), BA, M App Sci Ag
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Community Contributions

greg petersen on 6th May, 2017 wrote:

John Shea was assigned at least eleven times, a young, serial offender, he arrived on the Countess of Harcourt in 1822, aged nineteen, and in just over two years he was assigned to six different settlers, each one returned him to government. Shea’s seventh assignment was to James Webber at Tocal in April 1825, but he was returned to government service within two years. His colonial convictions and secondary punishments include 50 lashes for disobedience of orders, one month in a gaol gang for drunkenness (In 1827 convicted of drunkenness and losing a shovel, 1 month.), separate iron gang sentences for house robbery (1828 house robbery, Moreton Bay, 14 years) and sodomy, secondary transportation for stealing , and various short terms of imprisonment.

Maureen Withey on 15th November, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
John Shea,  age 19, per Countess of Harcourt (2) (1822), Tried at Cork City, 1822, 7 years,  DOB 1803,  native place,  Cork City, Reaper. 
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Colonial Secretary Index.
SHEA, John. Per “Countess of Harcourt”, 1822.

1822 Dec 26 - On list of convicts landed from the “Countess of Harcourt” & forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6010; 4/3507 p.116)
1823 Mar 21-1824 Dec 10 - On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3291; 4/4570D pp.113, 116, 117, 118)
1824 Aug 9 - Servant to Mr Chandler. On return of convicts tried & punished at Liverpool (Reel 6023; 4/6671 p.33)

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1828 Census Index.
John Shea, Countess of Harcourt, Cooper, Murphy’s Bridge Party.
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THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom during the last week, viz.
Countess of Harcourt(2),  John Shea
Sydney Gazette, 14 Apr 1829.

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Moreton Bay Convict Record
John Shea, Css Harcourt 2, Tried at Cork City Spring Ass. 1822. Highway robbery, 7 years, Labourer. Colonial Conviction: Quar. Sess. Sydney, 21 Apr 1831, Larceny, 2 years. To Sydney 18 Apr 1833.
Description: John Shea, native of Cork, age 30, 5 ft 4 ½, fair comp, brown hair, bald, blue eyes, catholic.

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 6th May, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: Heartbreak and Hope, Deference and Defiance on the Yimmang: Tocal’s convicts 1822-1840 Brian Patrick Walsh, B Rur Sc (Hons), BA, M App Sci Ag (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Shea, alias1: , alias2: , alias3:

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

convicted at, term: 7 years, occupation

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