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Maria Toomey

Maria Toomey, one of 101 convicts transported on the Lucy Davidson, 10 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Maria Toomey
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 8th October, 1834
Age: 41 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lucy Davidson
Departure date: 10th July, 1829
Arrival date: 29th November, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 100 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 107 (56)
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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Roger Churm on 29th April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings

898. Ann Allgood and Maria Toomey were indicted for stealing,on the 7th of April,1 pair off trousers,value 2s 5d;1 waistcoat,value 1s 6d., and 1 pair of stockings,value 1s.,the goods of Edward Randall.

EDWARD RANDALL.I am a painter.I lost this property on the 7th of April,from the Bag of Nails public-house at Pimlico -I did not get drunk nor go to sleep;the articles were tied in a bundle;Toomey took them while the other was sitting alongside of me;they were away in different roads.

James King.I am a labourer.Two prisoners came up to the prosecutor in the Park,and went on to the first public-house;they staid there about half an hour,and went on to the Bag of Nails-I did not go in either of the houses.

Charles Banks.I was at the Bag of Nails,between three and four o’clock on the 7th of April;the two prisoners and the prosecutor came in.;they called for half a pint of rum-Toomey passed as his wife,and the other as his sister;a man there wanted to shake hands with the prosecutor,and the prisoners fell aboard of him;Toomey took the bundle and went out;All good put her hand into his pocket,and they both ran off in different directions-the prosecutor was sitting still;he was intoxicated.

John Williams. I am a pawnbroker.The two prisoners pawned all this property at our house,on the 7th of April,between seven and eight o’clock in the evening;they were not tipsy.

Charles Augustus Dorrington.The prisoner Allgood was given into my charge at near twelve o’clock at night-there was nothing found on her;she was intoxicated.
(Property produced and sworn to)

Allgood’s Defence.I met this man in St James-park-we were both very much intoxicated;he caught us both,and took us to a public- house;he brought us all kinds of liquor;I do not know how I got home- but as to the property,I had none.

Toomey’s Defence. I do not know how came by the bundle;I think he must have given it to me-I.had no notion of robbing him;we had been drinking the whole of the day,and Bankes was like the rest;we were all intoxicated.

Confined Three Months

Transported for Seven Years.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th June, 2020 wrote:

Maria Toomey.
Date of Death: October 1834. Sydney. Supposed to have been murdered by her husband. Patrick Cormack

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891

Name: Maria Toomy. Date: Oct 1834
Place: New South Wales, Australia
Category: Convicts Deaths. Title: Death Register, 1828-1879
Volume Number: 4/4549
The Sydney Times (NSW : 1834-1838)  Tue 11 Nov 1834 Page 3 Domestic Intelligence.

Execution. - John Jenkins, Thos. Tattersdale, and Patrick M’Cormack, the two former for the murder of Dr. Wardell, and
the latter for the murder of his wife, under-went the awful sentence of the law, at the usual place of execution. At nine o’clock
yesterday morning, the unfortunate victims to the offended laws of their country appeared upon the platform, Tattersdale at-
tended by the Rev. Wm. Cowper and Jenkins and M’Cormack by the Rev. Mr. McEncroe.
The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842)  Mon 13 Oct 1834 Page 2 DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.
A Coroner’s Inquest was convened on Monday,
evening last, at the Bell Public house, on the body of
Maria M’Connack, who was found dead in her house
at about 2 o’clock of that day , under circumstances
which induced a strong suspicion that she had
been murdered ; and in consequence, her husband
Patrick M’Cormack was taken into custody. Of the
details at the proceedings of this inquest, we report
we a re not enabled to furnish our readers which any
information not having been present, but we are in-
formed by one of the Jury , that the body was examined, and a post mortem examination taken
by Mr. Surgeon Neilson, who certified that the
death of the deceased was occasioned by sanguineous apoplexy, accelerated by the use of ardent spirts from the appearance of the body, which exhibited various marks of violence…....

Maureen Withey on 1st April, 2021 wrote:

National Archives. Criminal Petitions.

HO 17/2/1771829

Prisoner name: Maria Toomey.

Court and date of trial: Old Bailey April Sessions 1829.

Crime: Stealing wearing apparel.

Initial sentence: Seven years transportation.

Gaoler’s report: ‘Not known here - married one child.’

Annotated: Nil.

Petitioner(s): John Toomey, the convict’s husband, from Tipperary [Ireland]. Mary Toomey, the convict’s sister-in-law [petition addressed to Mrs Peel].

Grounds for clemency: Husband incapable of earning; he was a seaman in HM service but has no pension; distressed family; convict went to a pawn shop with a neighbour and gave her own name and address instead of the neighbour’s.

Convict Changes History

Roger Churm on 29th April, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 8th October, 1834 (prev. 0000), gender: f

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