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Alfred Thirkettle

Alfred Thirkettle, one of 320 convicts transported on the John Barry, 07 September 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Alfred Thirkettle
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Grocer's boy
Date of Death: 18th August, 1902
Age: 85 years

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 14 years

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Norfolk, Norwich Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: John Barry
Departure date: 7th September, 1835
Arrival date: 17th January, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 320 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 146
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

Anonymous on 9th September, 2011 wrote:

He became the partner of Mary (Julia) Kelliher after her husband (Alfred MUNTON) died. He fathered a number of children by her and I wouldn’t be surprised by some of her cousins. Although he does seemed to have cared for the children who were not his. Search Trove newspaper site for more. Emily Jane Munton is my Gt grandmother. More details are here:

D Wong on 17th September, 2013 wrote:

Alfred Thirkettle had a liason with Mary Julia Kelliher (Margaret 1837) and they had 2?children. Mary died 19/1/1855 at Newcastle.

1855: Alfred married Johanna Flaherty, she died in 1890 at Narrabri.

1842: TOL Patrick Plains.
24/11/1843: TOL Passport, Singleton Bench
11/12/1844: TOL Passport, Singleton Bench
28/2/1846: TOL cancelled - unable to support himself.

27/2/1847: TOL Newcastle.
22/11/1848: COF

8/9/1868: Insolvency - Alfred Thirkettle, Bullock Driver, Eulah Creek, near Narrabri.

20/5/1890:Maitland Mercury
17/5/1890: Narrabri Herald.
An accident of a most serious nature happened
on Thursday evening to an old resident on Eulah
Creek, which must result in the loss of his right
arm. It appears that Mr. Alfred Thirkettle, senior, was engaged in having a stack of wheat threshed out by a horse power machine, and, as it was deemed advisable to finish before night, the hands were working late, and well into the dark, when Mr. Thirkettle, with a cart bridle on his right arm, stepping over the driving gear, found the winkers had become entangled therein. Unable to extricate himself from his dilemma, before the machinery could be stopped, he was dragged under and round and round the rod until the limb was reduced to a perfect pulp, close up to the shoulder. Had the block that supports the connection of the rods been secured to the ground, as it sometimes is, the arm must have been torn out of the socket ; as it is, the injury is of so serious a nature that amputation has been decided on, and it was the intention of Mr. Thirkettle’s medical attendant to perform the operation without delay, at the^ Pheonix Hotel, whither the sufferer insisted on being conveyed.

18/8/1902: Died Eulah Creek, NSW (this is from the Deceased Estate’s List on the NSW Gov. Records).

There is also a death date of 1903 at Sydney on a family website.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 17th September, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1817, date of death 18th August, 1902, gender, occupation, crime

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