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Mary Shea

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Shea
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1763
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Waterford
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Atlas
Departure date: 29th November, 1801
Arrival date: 7th July, 1802
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: http://www.nationalarchives.ie NSW Col Secretary - Musters, correpondence
Source description:

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Community Contributions

Robin Sharkey on 1st December, 2016 wrote:

Mary Shea, per ‘Atlas 1’ arrived in July 1802; sentenced at Waterford Assizes in 1800 to 7 years transportation. She was 38 at the time of the departure indents in 1801. (therefore it’s likely that in Ireland she was a married woman).

By the time of the 1806 Muster, she had take up with Irishman John Desmond (per Friendship” in February 1800) and they remained together until John’s death in 1822, not formally married.

John Desmond had been tried at Co Cork in 1798 and received the death sentence, so he was probably involved in the 1798 Rebellion. He was 5ft 5&1/2 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes. In his 1816 Conditional Pardon his hair was silver-grey hair and bald.

1814 Mary Shea per Atlas 1, lives with J Desmond (T/L), Windsor Off stores.


1816 - John Desmond was on a list of persons to receive a land grant - 30 acres -  recommended by Wm Cox, so his and Mary’s lives may have become a little better. He also got a Conditional Pardon in 1816, so they were both now free.

1822 Muster - still together at Windsor.  She is FBS, Windsor, servant to J Desmond and he is recorded as “Free by Servitude”

They are Resident as tenants -  Total: 10 acres, Cleared: 10 acres, Cultivated, 7 acres wheat, 3 acres maize, 12 bushels maize held, 2 horned cattle, 12 hogs.

John Desmond died at the Hawkesbury on 14 Oct 1822 (recorded on his Conditional Pardon document) and so Mary Shea was alone.

The land grant was formalised after John’s Death - 30 June 1823 and it was in fact 40 acres described as being in the District of Kurrajong,  bounded on the north by a creek (unnamed).

Robin Sharkey on 1st December, 2016 wrote:

Mary Shea remained on the land granted to John Desmond, and in 1828 at the age of 60 she was farming it.

1828 Census, Catholic, aged 60, Householder of Lower Portland Head. Three government servants, one T/L man, one lodder BC.

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 28th December, 2012 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 7 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 0000, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

Robin Sharkey on 1st December, 2016 made the following changes:

source: http://www.nationalarchives.ie NSW Col Secretary - Musters, correpondence (prev. http://www.nationalarchives.ie), date of birth: 1763 (prev. 0000)

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