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convicts families arrivals in Australia
« on: Tuesday 09 February 10 11:15 GMT (UK) »
I have a John Donnellan who I believe to be a convict what I am trying to find out is when his wife Catherine came to Australia, can anyone tell me how to go about finding convicts families arrivals and more about there trial any help would be appreciated
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Re: convicts families arrivals in Australia
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 09 February 10 12:31 GMT (UK) »
Direct matriarchal line; ENNIS-Yeatman-Cooper-Papps-Ryland-Lechford/Luxford-Bagshaw-Henriett
ENNIS-Thomas-Bonnin-Aldridge-Williams-Harding-Brown.
ENNIS-Davis/Davies-Buck-Oakley-
JONES-Roberts-Handy-Ross-Warrillow-Eagles-Cotterill-Bailey.
JONES-Walton-Grayson-Stobbs-Baldwin-Ibbotson-Scott.
JONES-Goodwin-Parker-Instant-Hubbard-Hancock-Skinner.

STILL LOOKING FOR: Elizabeth Ann Balfour ENNIS nee DAVIS. Disappeared in Adelaide, South Australia. 1881.

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Re: convicts families arrivals in Australia
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 09 February 10 12:39 GMT (UK) »
Two convicts by the name of John DONNELLAN are listed, which one are you referring to?

DONNELLAN John - arrived on the Isabella I (3) 1823

DONNELLAN John - arrived on the Blenheim 1834

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Re: convicts families arrivals in Australia
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 09 February 10 15:09 GMT (UK) »
Hi

I put up a similar query on rootschat a while ago and got this helpful response from judb.

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,387909.15.html

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I have found a couple of general references to convicts' families coming to Australia - don't help in your particular search though.

http://heritagegenealogy.com.au/blog/2009/02/24/reuniting-of-wives-and-families-of-convicts/

The following, while it refers to 2 ships going to NSW rather than Van Diemans Land shows convicts accompanied by spouses/families, in 1803.

http://mc2.vicnet.net.au/home/grthom/web/Alexander.html

The National Archives (UK) apparently hold papers of petitions by wives to join their transported husbands but unfortunately these appear to be only available at the Archives.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/RdLeaflet.asp?sLeafletID=347&j=1


You can access some of the petitions at some Australian libraries as part of the Australian Joint Copy Project.

There is also at least one book/index out there on convict applications to bring their family to Australia - but not sure what state your convict was in to see if this might be relevant.
 
http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2389414

I ended up finding a reference to the arrival of my convict's family on a land application in Tasmania.

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Re: convicts families arrivals in Australia
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 09 February 10 21:22 GMT (UK) »
Hi to All
Thank you for your reply, the John DONNELLAN I am researching is the one that arrived on the Blenheim in 1834
I need to match him up with wife Catherine who appears to have arrived nine years later in about 1843, I first thought they came together but can't find any information to back that Chatso58   

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Re: convicts families arrivals in Australia
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 13 February 10 03:29 GMT (UK) »
If your convict is Irish check the Irish Archives website it will tell weather he requested that the government bring his family and you can get copies of the letters from your state library. I have found the letters very helpful in my family research.
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Re: convicts families arrivals in Australia
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 17 February 10 01:06 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

I can only find a Patrick Donnellan arriving on the Blenheim from Cork, Ireland.  The Blenheim arrived in Sydney in November, 1834.  Is this a transcription error?

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Re: convicts families arrivals in Australia
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 17 February 10 01:23 GMT (UK) »
Not sure, Andcarred, but I've found records for John DONNELLAN arriving on the Blenheim 1834; apparently he was tried in Limerick, sentenced to Transportation for Life, and pardoned in 1847.

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Re: convicts families arrivals in Australia
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 17 February 10 01:39 GMT (UK) »
What was Catherines maiden name? as sometimes the government would use the wife's maiden name when referring to her. Did they have children in Ireland? if so what were their names.

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