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I have an Irish convict ancestor, from Ballintober South, Roscommon. In 1830 he and one of the sons were convicted and transported for life (NSW) for 'stealing a mare'. The trial took place in Galway. Other than the obvious, that the crime took place in Galway and they got caught there, is there any particular reason why someone from county Roscommon would be tried and sentenced in Galway (instead of Roscommon)? The rest of the family were living in Roscommon as he later tried to bring the family to NSW.

One other related question: if the trial was reported, what Galway or Roscommon newspaper would have carried the story?

Any info most appreciated.



I have a general question re the history of Clare (and district, particularly Jamestown) in South Australia. I know that the town of Clare was named after County Clare but are there any (general) records of the early Irish make-up of the district, as in where individuals were actually from, as in Irish county/ district? Can’t see anything obvious from internet searches but I see that there have been a couple of books written by the local historical society on the history of the region which I intend to follow up.

I’m guessing that a large proportion of the Irish who settled in the area were from County Clare originally.

Any general info appreciated.


Good afternoon

Attached is a signature I can’t read in support of a convict petition from 1831 for my four time great grandfather who was then living in the Goulburn NSW region.
The first is Dr Andrew Gibson, a local landowner, but I can’t make out the second one- thought it might be 'Richard Alison/ Alister'? No record of a person with that name, however.
Would anyone know what this signature says or who it belongs to?
(Goulburn NSW circa 1830s).


My partner has found details of her four time great grandmother via the Irish Famine Memorial website which lists details of the around 4000 Irish teenage (mainly) orphans who arrived in Australia between 1848 and 1850. She was apparently from somewhere called ‘Durneyglass’  in county Monaghan.

Details as follows:
•   Surname : Duffy
•   First Name : Ellen
•   Age on arrival : 15
•   Native Place : Durneyglass, Monaghan
•   Parents : Owen & Jane (father in Durneyglass)
•   Religion : Roman Catholic
•   Ship name : John Knox (Sydney Apr 1850)
•   Other : shipping: nursemaid, cannot read or write, relations in colony: cousins, Margaret Hanratty and Catherine Duffy

We cannot find a location with the name ‘Durneyglass’ in Monghan.

Would anyone know if this is a village or perhaps some estate or house?

Or, any idea on what the village could be if mispronounced?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.



Could I ask a big favour of someone who has unrestricted access to the British Newspaper Archives to locate and send me an article?

There is reference to a John Hawes in the Page 3  Ipswich Journal of 10 February 1844 in regard to, I presume, an arrest. This article appears in the online search as (I searched for the name ' John Hawes' for 1844). The article has in the free search option the following:

.....named John Hawes, coming into Ipswich, from the direction of Westerfield. Knowing Hawes to be a suspicious character, ard observing that his pockets appeared unusually....

Thanks and Merry Xmas


Aberdeenshire / COMPLETED Tutthills of Aberdeen
« on: Monday 28 May 12 11:22 BST (UK)  »

Would someone mind checking a Scottish resource for me?

I'm trying to locate a marriage between my 3xgreat grandparents Charles Smith (born 1850 Aberdeen) and Anna Maria Tutthill (born around 1852) probably around 1870- they prob. also emigrated to Melbourne Vic around this time. I don't think Anna is Australian born. Have checked IGI and other sites but not the pay Scottish one. Also, Charles and his family appear in the 1851 and 1861 censuses but not Anna or any Tutthills. Does anyone have info on any Tutthills from around Aberdeen?

Any tips greatly appreciated.



Suffolk / Old Suffolk Newspaper info request circa 1827
« on: Tuesday 24 April 12 10:44 BST (UK)  »

I understand from a contact that the account of my gggg grandfather's trial for larceny was published in an Ipswich newspaper around October 1827. Not sure of how much detail there is.

He was convicted of larceny and transported to Australia for 14 yrs, ending up staying in NSW. His name was William Hawes (about 1801-1868) , and his actual crime was stealing pigs. Not sure what newspapers from around that time are digitised, if any. Is it possible to get a copy of the account of the trial from a newspaper, whatever the local edition was called then, from eg Ipswich Library?

As I live in Australia, any info is greatly appreciated.



Australia / FYFFE/ FIFE of Tuena and Gundagai NSW
« on: Friday 20 April 12 03:44 BST (UK)  »
Hoping someone would be able to assist with this one.

I have a a block on my great (x3) grandmother's family, her name was Mary Jane Fyffe (also spelt Fife) (born 1853 Burrawa NSW died 1933 Nyngan NSW), married James Bright in 1875, Mary Jane's parents were John and Bridget Fyffe. Mary Jane had at least two sisters Elizabeth (born 1853) and Isabella (born 1858 Gundagai NSW) , Isabella married Alfred Forsyth in Glebe 1888, and had three children Isabella (1889-1977), Florence (1891-1974) and Arthur (born 1892).
I think John Fyffe could be the record 14731/1889 on NSW BDM, died Young NSW in 1889.
I know nothing on the Fyffe origins, how they entered Australia (there are
a couple of records on the NSW shipping lists that could be John, but it is probable there are no records).
I cannot find anything on either Bridget's or Elizabeth's fate.
If there is anyone who knows anything further on this family or their descendants or is able to assist, it would be greatly appreciated.

Shropshire / Re James Spooner (1756-1847) and Sarah Higginson
« on: Thursday 08 September 11 04:47 BST (UK)  »

I was just wondering if anyone could help me on possible ancestors for James Spooner (1756-1847) born Shrewsbury and his wife Sarah Higginson (1760-?) born Shrewsbury? They have an extensive line extending all the way to Australia descendants now and seem to have been the subject of some research before, but I don't think anyone has identified anything back further than them (if it exists).

Any tips greatly appreciated!



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