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Patrick Venables

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Patrick Venables
Aliases: Veneables
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1786
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Meath
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Three Bees
Departure date: 8th December, 1813
Arrival date: 6th May, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. Colonial Secretary Index.
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Maureen Withey on 15th August, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Patrick Veneables, age on arrival, 28, Three Bees (1814),  Tried Meath Co., 1813, Life.  DOB, 1786, Native place, Meath. Trade, Labourer. 


Colonial Secretary Index.

VENABLES, Patrick. Per “Three Bees”, 1814.

1819 - Servant of Samuel Terry. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3168; 4/1847 p.227)
1822 Jun 24, Jul 1 - Re permission to marry at Castlereagh (Reel 6009; 4/3506 p.10)
1825 Nov - To be granted a conditional pardon (Fiche 3292; 4/6974.1 pp.47, 75)

1828 NSW Census, at residence of Mr Terry’s at Cobberty.  The property, owner or tenant, Mr Terry, is described as 600 acres, 4 aces cultivated and having 4 cattle.

Patrick Venables, age 42, T.L. Three Bees, 1813, Life, catholic, labourer, Cobberty,  Cooke district.
Margaret Venables, age 32, F.S. John Bull, 1821, 7 years, catholic.
Patrick, age 5, born in colony.
Edward, age 3, B.C.
William, age 1, B.C.


Patrick Venables was indicted for the murder of his wife Margaret and was found gulty of Manslaugher in 1829.

A full account of the trial was published in the Sydney Monitor on 6th June 1829.


Parts of the account:

SUPREME COURT, Criminal Trials
Friday.—Patrick Venables, an Overseer in the employ of Mr. Samuel Terry, was indicted for the wilful murder of Margaret Venables, his wife, on the 5th of May, 1829, in the district of Cooke. Mr. Loder examined; I went to the house of Patrick Venables on the morning of the 6th of May instant, in consequence of hearing of the death of his wife. I was in company with Terence Hickey;  prisoner as crying with a child in his arms; he said his wife was dead; she was lying on the bed with a sheet over her. I looked at her face but saw no marks; saw no blood, any where about; I left the house about 9 o’clock the night before. I cannot cay if deceased had been drinking; I have known Venables two years.  l live about ¾ of a mile from his hut; I always considered him to be a hard working, industrious, quiet man; I saw deceased lying on the bed; she was on her back; I had had some wine there the day before; he was an inoffensive man, and was very quiet when I was there the evening before; William Fisher and I were the only men in the house except prisoner his wife and family; I have known him about 11 years, and always considered him a quiet inoffensive man.
Peter Vaughan. - I am a free man ; I was a servant to prisoner on the 5th of May last; I went to Mr. Hassal’s on the 5th of May with prisoner for some wine, 5 gallons I believe. I went back again with prisoner, but left him about sundown to go to Mr. Harts’ ; I did not return to to prisoner’s house that
night, I started from Mr. Hart’s to go home, but was overcome by the wine I had drunk, and laid down in the bush to sleep ; I got up before daylight and returned to Mr Hart’s; soon afterwards, before daylight, prisoner came to Hart’s and said his wife was dead, and begged us to return home with him and bring a light;
For the defence.
Mr. Samuel Terry examined.-I have known prisoner ever since he came to the Colony, 16 years ago; he was assigned. to me from the ship, and remained with me until about 9 years ago, when he left me and was married, and went into the service of the Rev. Mr. Fulton; he remained two years in his service, and then returned to me, and has remained with me ever since; his reason for leaving me was because I opposed his marrying the deceased; she was, a weakly woman, not adapted for a labouring man’s wife, and moreover, rather given to drinking; I placed much confidence in him, in fact, I never had a better servant in my life, never; for the last two or three years he has been. my overseer at the Cowpasture River, where this happened, and I always found him diligent, attentive, industrious, and quiet, in fact, I have a very high opinion of him; I have conversed with Mr. Fulton about him, and heard him speak very highly of him. I have always heard the Deceased was addicted to drink; he would have had his Emancipation in two years more, (The Jury found him Guilty of Man-slaughter.)
Sydney Monitor 6 June 1829.


Maureen Withey on 15th August, 2020 wrote:

Name: Patrick Venables
Spouse Name: Margaret Riley
Marriage Date: 1822
Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Castlereagh,
Volume Number: V B
Source: Ancestry.com. Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.


Supreme Criminal Court. SATURDAY, JUNE 6.
Shortly after the three Judges had taken their seats upon the Bench this morning, the ATTORNEY GENERAL prayed the judgment of the Court upon the following prisoners, who were convicted during the last Criminal Sessions ...
Patrick Venables, convicted of manslaughter.-— To be transported for seven years.
Sydney Gazette Tue 9 Jun 1829


Maureen Withey on 15th August, 2020 wrote:

Patrick Venables was sent to Moreton Bay penal settlement, and convict records there stated he left Moreton Bay for Sydney at the end of his 7 year sentence, on 1 June 1836. The date of his original sentence was March 1813. He was described as age 45, 5 ft 11½ in tall, dark complexion, grey hair, dark grey eyes.
The newspaper account of his trial, referred to above mentions that he was nick-named as “Big Pat.”

Maureen Withey on 15th April, 2021 wrote:

The Tickets of Leave granted to the following Persons, have been cancelled:
Three Bees, Patrick Venables, convicted before the Supreme Court of Manslaughter.
Sydney Gazette, 7 July 1829.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 15th August, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. Colonial Secretary Index. (prev. ), firstname: Patrick, surname: Venables, alias1: Veneables, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1786, date of death: 0000, g

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