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Timothy Sheedy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Timothy Sheedy
Aliases: Sheady
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1782
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a sheep
Convicted at: Limerick
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Providence
Departure date: 10th December, 1810
Arrival date: 2nd July, 1811
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 87 other convicts


Primary source: Freemans Journal 26 September 1809; NSW Colonial Secretary' s papers - Register of Land Grants 1818, Indent of Providence 1910, NSW Musters 1816, 1814., 1825 Census 1828. Sydney Gazettes of 17 April 1823, 10 March 1825, 9 May 1825, Sydney Gaol Entrance Book 8 February 1823, Certificate of Freedom 19 Sept 1832 number 1670. Freemans Journal 21 March 1809 p3; Limerick Chronicle 24 May 1809; Freemans Journal
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Robin Sharkey on 7th July, 2014 wrote:

[From Freemans Journal of Tues 26th September 1809, page 3]

In September 1809 Timothy Sheedy (then aged 27) was in Limerick jail under a sentence of transportation for seven years imposed at Limerick County Court(Sentence, trial place, from Ship’s indent).  Calculating his age from the 1810 ship’s departure indent of “Providence” he would have been 28 years old.

[From Freemans Journal of Tues 26th September 1809, page 3]
A number of young prisoners also lodged in Limerick County Jail attempted to break out in September 1809.  One was Timothy Sheedy, They attempted to “effect an escape by breaking the walls of their cells, and from thence proceeding to a yard towards the river, intended by means of ropes to get into the street.”  They were detected by the “active” gaolers, Hederman and Sperin, but not until they’d succeeded in opening the communication between their apartments and breaking a party wall.

The other men with Timothy Sheedy were:
* Richard Clarke, not then 21 years old, had been tried in March 1809 and given the death sentence for aiding and assisting a burglary committed by his brother and another man, who had both been executed for the crime.
* Daniel Donaher and Thomas Madden were both listed as being under sentence of death.  They probably thought they had nothing to lose.
* James Sargent and John Carroll had been committed for cow stealing but not yet tried.  However, Sargent would get 7 years’ transportation.

All of them except John Carroll, ended up being transported to NSW on the “Providence” convict ship departing Ireland on 10 December 1810. This means that the death sentence for Richard Clarke, Donaher and Madden had been commuted to transportation for life.

In NSW He started out well, getting a lmd grant of 30 acres when his 7 years was up. However it appears he couldn’t resist getting involved in small-time criminal activity: first time lucky in 1823 and then caught out in 1825 and off to Port Macquarie and/or Moreton Bay for a noter seven years.  He was not free again until 1832 by which time he was an old man of fifty, blind of one eye and with no front teeth in his upper jaw (no doubt from his hard time of 7 years in penal settlements).

Ship’s Muster on leaving Cork in Ireland said to be aged 29 years.
1814 Muster - Assigned to Mrs Rowley
1816 Muster - “Sheady” assigned to Mrs Rowley

On 10 September 1818 he resided at Liverpool and was on a list of persons to receive a Land Grant, having been recommended by Thomas Moore Esq. He was marked down for 30 acres in the Melville area.  This land went on the Register of Land Grants in August 1819, as being 30 acres bounded on the South side by Molloy’s farm {Dennis Molloy who was given 50 acres at the same time}  and on the north side by the Western Branch of the Eastern Creek.  His grant was conditional on cultivation 10 acres within the first 5 years.
In September 1820 it was registered that the grant had been handed over to him for delivery.

28 April 1823 - Timothy “Sheady” of Prospect, had a convict servant assigned to him (Timothy Wall per “Hadlow”). Wall was only about 24 years of age.
charged in February 1823, trial in April 1823

8 February 1823 he was admitted to Sydney Gaol for having stolen property in his possession, he went to bail. Recorded as ultimately acquitted.

Record of Criminal Court Sittings 14 April - 8th May 1823
“Charged with unlawfully having two shirts of the value of ten shillings and other articles in his possession, the goods of our Sovereign Lord the King.
For this he was found NOT GUILTY.

Sydney Gazette Thursday, 17 April 1823:
“TUESDAY [i.e. 15 April ] Timothy Sheady [sic] was indicted for having goods in his possession, the property of the Corwn, knowing the same to have been stolen. ACquitted.”

As regards his Convict servant Timothy Wall:
21 October 1823 - Secretary Goulburn wrote to the Superintendant of the Emu Plains establishment enquiring about everything he knew regarding Timothy Wall per “Hadlow”, who was the servant to Timothy Sheedy.

The Emu Plains Superintendant replied that Wall had been received at Emu plains on 5 13th February 1823 FROM the Prisoners Barracks (Hyde Park) on order of a Magistrates Bench, having received 100 lashes for a robbery. On 6th March he absented himself for 5 days but surrendered himself back there. On 14th April he was subpoenaed by Frederick Garling to give evidence in the Criminal case against Timothy Sheedy, it being intimated that Hall would be returned immediately his evidence wa given, however he had not returned by the end of the Criminal Court proceedings and was advertised ten times in the Sydney Gazette as missing however it turned out he had been assigned straight after giving evidence.

1825 COLONIAL CRIME - Receiving a red handkerchief

Timothy Sheedy’s former convict servant, Timothy Wall, was a persistent offender, and was behind the 1825 robbery that got Sheedy sent away for receiving.  Sheedy and others had a scam attacking people on the road between Parramatta and Sydney and robbing them.  They did this to a butcher called Charles Smith in January 1825, and apparently Wall got off.  Sheedy however was convicted of receiving a red Handkerchief that Smith had had on his person.

Wall though was up on another charge in AUugst 1825 of a noter highway robbery on a person on the Parramatta -Sydney Road, together with several otehrs, probably gang, but this time was found guilty.  After that he was found guilty of still another offence and more time was added to his sentence to Moreton Bay.

Sydney gazette 10 March 1825
MONDAY, MARCH 7 - Timothy Sheedy (free), brought forward on the charge of highway robbery, under the following c’stances given in evidence:- Charles Smith, a butcher in Sydney, had been stopped on the road leading from Mr Blaxland’s lodge to his domain, between the hours of [...]  at night, about a mouth since, whilst on horseback, at which time he had a considerable number of dollars about him; 3 men suddenly started out of the bush, and while one held the horse’s head, the other seized the stirrup & the third the skirt of the coat; that Smith gave the invaders some severe blows with a heavy stick which knocked one of them down & released him from the others but at the same time his coat gave way and was taken by 1 of the robbers; in this skirt was a pocket, which contained an old red silk handkerchief, which was found in the hut of the prisoner Sheedy, on Saturday night last, on a search under information; the handkerchief was sworn to by Smith as
his property, and the same he had in his pocket when attacked. Circumstances made it necessary, for the ends of justice, that the prisoner should be remanded for further examination.

Sydney Gazette, 19 May 1825:
MAY 14. - John Watts and Wm. Ryan, prisoners of the crown, and Timothy Sheedy, free, who had been in custody for some time, on a charge against the two former prisoners of having assaulted a butcher of Sydney, on the highway. and forcibly taken from his person a red silk handkerchief which was in the pocket of the prosecutor, and which was torn off at the time the robbery was attempted; and the latter prisoner, Sheedy (in whose possession the handkerchief was found), for feloniously receiving the article in question, knowing it to have been stolen, were all fully committed for trial at the Criminal Court. The particulars of this robbery were introduced in a former report in our Gazette.

Separately, Timothy Wall, Sheedy’s former convict servant had been charged in February, together with William Ryan and Jon Wallis, with being the men who attacked Charles Smith. (Sydney Gazette, 10 Feb 1825)

6 July 1825 - Return of Prisoners tried by the Supreme Court
16 August 1825 -Record of sentencing by the Supreme Court
Convicted for receiving stolen property. The sentence of Death was pronounced. Sheedy was to be sent to Port Macquarie for seven years.
1825 Muster - although he was FbyS, he was on board the Hulk in Sydney under a Colonial Sentence
1828 Census - He was at Moreton Bay

TIMOTHY WALL - the former servant
In August 1825 Wall was put into Sydney Gaol on a charge of highway Robbery on Peter McIntosh.  On 28th January 1825 Wall was a servant of D’Arcy Wentworth’s and together with another man, a convict servant of John Blaxland’s, he had attacked Peter McIntosh on the road from Parramatta to Sydney, beat him with a stick and with others took clothes, money and other articles off him.  He was found guilty and on 16th October 1825 was sentenced to Moreton Bay.
In December 1829 Wall was further charged with stealing some silver monies from  
the person of Robert Kethbridge, and was sentenced on Tuesday 27 December to
have his original sentence of transportation extended, to a term of three years.  (Sydney Gazette, 29/12/1825).
Wall got his certificate of Freedom in 1833 but was up before the courts again jn 1834 for a burglary in the house of Mary White of Sydney but die to problems with the credibility of the witness, the jury couldn’t agree and he was acquitted.

SHEEDY Certificate of Freedom 19 September 1832, No 1670
Described him as:
* Native of Limerick City (where he was also tried)
[NSW] Offence -Receiving Stolen property
Tried: 15 August 1825 at Sydney Sup Crt.
* Age: BORN 1782 (Therefore in 1810 was aged 28 years, as the indent stated) and now aged 50 yrs)
* Height - 5 ft 7 inches
* Complexion - (1832) Dark ruddy & freckled
Hair (1832) Dark Brown mixed with grey
EYES: BLIND OF RIGHT Eye,  Eyes grey
Native Place: COUNTY Limerick
( Lost nearly all the front teeth in upper jaw)
“Was originally tried at Limrick in March 1809 and sentenced to 7 years’ transportation”


Robin Sharkey on 14th January, 2015 wrote:

IRISH CRIME - Sheep Stealing.


ALSO he had first tried to break out of Kilkenny Jail on his own in May 1809 before he tried with a group break-out in September:

Limerick Chronicle, Wednesday 24th May 1809
An attempt was made last night, by a prisoner named Timothy SHEEDY, under sentence of transportation for sheep stealing, confined in the County Jail, to effect escape from his apartment, but through the vigilance of the Jailers, they discovered the apparatus, a pike and vice, procured for that purpose.

Robin Sharkey on 31st January, 2015 wrote:


Freemans Journal, 21 March 1809, page 3:

“LIMERICK, March 17 - Since the commencement of our Assizes the following persons were tried and convicted in the county court: - Timothy SHEEDY, for stealing 5 sheep, the property of Richard Rawleigh - Guilty - sentenced to be transported”

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 7th July, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Freemans Journal 26 September 1809; NSW Colonial Secretary' s papers - Register of Land Grants 1818, Indent of Providence 1910, NSW Musters 1816, 1814., 1825 Census 1828. Sydney Gazettes of 17 April 1823, 10 Ma

Robin Sharkey on 14th January, 2015 made the following changes:

source: Freemans Journal 26 September 1809; NSW Colonial Secretary' s papers - Register of Land Grants 1818, Indent of Providence 1910, NSW Musters 1816, 1814., 1825 Census 1828. Sydney Gazettes of 17 April 1823, 10 March 1825, 9 May 1825, Sydney Gaol Enr

Robin Sharkey on 31st January, 2015 made the following changes:

source: Freemans Journal 26 September 1809; NSW Colonial Secretary' s papers - Register of Land Grants 1818, Indent of Providence 1910, NSW Musters 1816, 1814., 1825 Census 1828. Sydney Gazettes of 17 April 1823, 10 March 1825, 9 May 1825, Sydney Gaol Ent

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