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Fermanagh / Daniel Irwin/Irvine/Irving - Enniskillen
« on: Monday 16 October 06 11:49 BST (UK)  »
This Daniel character was known by various spellings of his surname throughout his life in Norfolk and Australia.  I know nothing of his life in Ireland.  I'm hoping some kind soul can remedy this.

He was tried at Norfolk (City of Norwich) Assizes on 13 Aug 1821, for an unknown crime, and sentenced to Life.  His native place was given as Co Fermanagh and his trade as Silk Weaver.  (I suspect his crime was political as the silk weavers were having a bad time around then) Some certificates in Australia give his birthplace as Enniskillen.  He was 23 years old, 5'-5" tall had light grey eyes and dark brown hair.  At time of trial he had a Wife & 1 Child at Norwich and lived with William Brandfield his wife's uncle at Magdalen St Norwich.  He was transported to Tasmania and lived a full life both there and in Victoria.

What I am interested in is details of birth, possibly around 1798/1800. ::)


Australia Lookups completed / Luke Collier-NSW & Victoria
« on: Saturday 14 October 06 03:21 BST (UK)  »
I have a little mystery I'm trying to unravel.

Luke Collier and Mary Ann Meeks (unmarried) were unassisted passengers on the ship 'Penyard Park' which arrived in Sydney on the 4th of January 1849.  The ship sailed from Downs (London).
Luke & Mary Ann married in 1849 at St Andrews Baptist Church, Bathurst St, Sydney.  I don't think they knew each other prior to the voyage - the ultimate shipboard romance I suppose.  Luke was born in Rochdale but I have no idea where Mary Ann was from.

Their first known child James Luke Collier states (1881 census) he was born in Melbourne and his age gives a birthdate about 1851. The next known child was born in Rochdale. Problem is I can find no record of his birth or any movements of the family in and then out of Australia.

Any suggestions and information gladly accepted.


Devon / Richard MULLENS - Mystery Man
« on: Saturday 07 October 06 04:47 BST (UK)  »
Richard Mullens (Mullins) was convicted of larceny at Devon Assizes on 16/3/1818 and sentenced to 7yrs transportation (I have no details of the case).  Working from the information on his convict indents he was born in Bideford about 1792.  He arrived in VDL in 1820 and spent the next 26 years there until on 7/7/1846 he left Launceston, arrived in Portland, Victoria and promptly disappeared.

I have a theory that he may have headed back home and to back that up, slightly, are three references I found to a Richard Mullins.
1. 1861 census age 64 farm servant at North Molton
2. 1881 census age 86 a boarder at Landkey
3. Death Dec quarter 1882 at Barnstaple

Now I know that I'm drawing a few long bows but they sometimes hit the target.  I just hope this info may ring some bells with somebody.



Australia Lookups completed / SA Lookups please
« on: Saturday 07 October 06 01:20 BST (UK)  »
Hi everybody
I have an issue that I am struggling with.  It relates to a family originating in Tasmania.   Richard Mullins, an ex-convict, left Launceston on  7/7/1846 aboard the 'Minerva' and arrived Portland 15/7/1846 then disappeared.  Could he have gone to South Australia?  His wife Sarah Ann Hopkins who left him in 1838 taking the kids eventually married or formed a relationship with a Daniel Irvine (Irving).  They had lots of kids and eventually ended up in Victoria via SA (?).  The death cert of one of Richard and Sarah's daughters, Catherine Maria, states that she spent some time in South Australia.  She married a John Maslen, who had arrived in SA per Hooghly on 17/6/1839.  They married at Avoca Victoria in 1856.

Questions:   Did Sarah Ann and Daniel leave Tassie and end up in Victoria via SA? (I have no idea when they left but a child was born in Tassie in 1845)
Was Richard chasing them when he left Tassie in 1846?
Did Catherine Maria meet her future husband in SA?

I realise that there is a lot there to be checked and understand if that I am asking a lot.  ::)

Thanks in anticipation

Bob Pearson

London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / 1871 Census-Frederick Kenny
« on: Thursday 05 October 06 22:40 BST (UK)  »
Just found this board, looks pretty good so far.

I'm looking for a lookup from the 1871 census for Frederick Kenny.  Born about 1840-45 in Germany, and that is all I know about him.

Sorry I can't be more specific.



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