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Lucinda Sweeny

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Lucinda Sweeny
Aliases: Lucy
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
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: Vagrancy
Convicted at: Ireland, Donegal
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Elizabeth
Departure date: 27th August, 1827
Arrival date: 12th January, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 41 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry Sydney Gazette, 5 May 1831. Sydney Gazette, 13 Dec 1832
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Community Contributions

Maureen Withey on 8th September, 2019 wrote:

Lucinda Sweeny, aged 26, was tried in Donegal for vagrancy, in 1826, and sentenced to 7 years. A native of Fermanagh,she was a widow with no children.

She appears to have married Thomas Brabazon, from whom she ran away at least twice, according to newspaper advertisements.

Sweeney Lucy, ux. Brabazon, No. 28-27, Elizabeth, 28, Nurse Girl, Fermanagh, 5 feet 1½, blue to grey eyes, brown hair, fresh freckled comp. from Thomas Brabazon.
Sydney Gazette, 5 May 1831.

Runaways apprehended during the last week:
Sweeney Lucy, Elizabeth, from Thomas Brabazon. 
Sydney Gazette, 19 May 1831.

Sweeny, Lucinda, No. 28-27,Elizabeth, 36, Nurse Girl, Fermanagh, 5 feet 1¼, grey to blue eyes, brown hair, fresh freckled comp, scar on right upper lip, ditto between eyebrows, from Mr.
Thomas Brabazon.
Sydney Gazette, 13 Dec 1832

Thomas Brabazon arrived as a convict in NSW,  per St Michael, from India in 1820. (“St Michael” is not yet on this database)

The “St Michael”
The St. Michael made two voyages from Calcutta to Port Jackson in the latter half of 1820.


On the first voyage, thirteen convicts were landed in Sydney on 28th September 1820. Amongst them were five out of the thirteen piratical convicts who had taken the Young Lachlan schooner in March 1819. They were wrecked on an Island on the Coast of Java and were seized and imprisoned at Batavia, where several died. The names of the five pirates who were brought back on the St. Michael in September 1820 were

Daniel Clarke,

Christopher Read,

Malcolm Campbell,

Samuel O’Hara and

Patrick Cotton.[1]


The St. Michael departed Port Jackson soon afterwards bound again for Calcutta where eight prisoners of the Crown were embarked. She returned to Port Jackson via Hobart in November 1820.

The following six convicts were listed as arriving on the St. Michael in November 1820:

James Crabtree - Weaver from Lancashire. Convicted in Bombay

James Fitzpatrick - Labourer from Longford. Convicted in Bangalore

Thomas Hill - Weaver from Lanarkshire. Convicted in Madras

John Merchant - Fisherman from Colchester. Convicted in Madras. Later sent to Norfolk Island

Thomas Brabazon - Labourer from Limerick. Convicted at Persian Gulf. Later granted an Absolute Pardon

John Hudson - Soldier from Lancashire. Convicted at Bombay

Colonial Secretary’s Index:
BRABAZON, Thomas. Per “St Michael”, 1820
1820 Jun 12 - On list of persons on “St Michael”; listed as John (Reel 6050; 4/1747 p.234)
1820 Oct 31, Nov 8,13 - Prisoner arrived from India per “St Michael”; also appears as John Brabason (Reel 6007, 4/3502 pp.400, 407; Reel 6018, 4/3521 p.265)
1821 Dec 31 - Mentioned in summary of despatch (Reel 6017; 4/5782 p.53)
1822 Feb 8 - On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.5)
1823 Jan 27 - Assigned to Peter Lilles of Airds (Reel 6057; 4/1767 pp.2-2a)
On list of convicts who have received absolute pardons [Feb 1823] (Fiche 3292; 4/6974.1 p.79)
1823 Feb 12 - On list of persons who obtained absolute pardons during the last week (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.139)
1823 Sep 23 - Of Castlereagh Street. On list of persons receiving an assigned convict (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.41)

Absolute Pardon
St Michael – Thomas Brabazon Sydney Gazette, 13 Feb 1823.

WHEREAS THOMAS BRABAZON, holding an Absolute Pardon, who came he retransported from India, stands charged with felony, all Constables and Others are strictly enjoined to apprehend the said Brabazon, and lodge him in safe Custody, in Order to his being forwarded to the Penrith Bench, to answer the said Charge. Brabazon is by Trade a Shoemaker, has been in the Employment of Mr. HASSALL, at Bathurst, is about 30 years of age, stands 5 feet 7 inches high, pale complexion, sandy hair and has been originally a private soldier in His Majesty’s 88th Regiment.
John Purcel, Chief Constable of Penrith. Penrith Court-house
Jan. 17, 1826

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 8th September, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry Sydney Gazette, 5 May 1831. Sydney Gazette, 13 Dec 1832 (prev. ), firstname: Lucinda, surname: Sweeny, alias1: Lucy, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, d

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