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2019 Number 08


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From: Ian Harvey 
Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019 at 1:59 pm
Subject: Convict records
Hi Folks,
In last month's newsletter I appealed for help in obtaining convict record images and I am delighted to report that a number of our readers have volunteered their time and effort to assist.  I want to extend my thanks to Judy Parrish, Kerry Donahy and Karin Merz for their generosity and help and I can report that over 1000 new images have been added to the MP Database already.
Regards, Ian

First, I would like to apologise for being AWOL for the last few months.

I have been covering extra shifts at work as everyone has been getting sick.
This flu is really knocking people about, so please take care of yourselves and each other.

Most of you will know that a few months ago I invited a few trusted ‘helpers’ from various Message Boards to join and assist the Monaro Pioneers Project, with research.
I am happy to say that it’s proven to have been an EXCELLENT idea.
A new trusted researcher has also joined in the last few weeks. Her name is Tania and I thank her for joining us.

Originally, we thought we would provide the newsletter with a list of SURNAMES for the families we had done most work on. Problem now is, that list would consume most of the newsletter.
I suggest checking the database regularly and keeping an eye out for changes.

Second, I would like to ask all of you to send in any updates that you may have. If you have any certificates, family stories or photos that you are willing to share, PLEASE send them in. Anyone can build a Tree. A Tree is a Tree.
Not everyone can build a Family History. Let alone a ‘regional’ Family History.

Everything counts! I know that may sound silly but sometimes it’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle with that one piece missing. Without all the pieces, it just doesn’t look right.
Without even knowing it, YOU may just have that piece, that makes everything else make sense.

Lastly, some ideas.
Google is becoming a researchers best friend. Using “ “ or ~ will help narrow down the results. If I google Frederick Smith there are millions of results. If I google “Frederick Smith” I narrow to just that phrase. If I google “Frederick Smith”~Bombala it tells google to search for mentions of Frederick Smith and Bombala (in close proximity to each other)

TROVE loves “ “ . Just remember to use all names and reverse names.
“James HARRINGTON” also “HARRINGTON James” (Family notices usually have one while Obits usually have the other)

Searching for a surname. JONES~Eden (tells google to search for JONES with Eden in close proximity)
Searching for JONES Eden, will bring up every page where either Jones or Eden are mentioned.

Is that making sense?

Most sites have a wildcard which is usually * .(sometimes %) This is great for commonly misspelt names.

P*rce or P%rce
BDM usually use * but State Records usually use % .(sometimes it’s just trial and error)

Thanks to everyone for listening (I tend to ramble on) There’s just so much I want to say but I always get it back-the-front. I am a researcher and not good at social or literary skills. My boss calls me “cranky mouth” as I tend to say things as I think them without a filter to ‘soften’ my words.

SO! As a last word. If any of you are seeking help, please do NOT send in a family story about what ‘you know’. It doesn’t help anyone. Names, dates and states is what we need.
There’s no point in telling us that you ‘know’ your grandfather married a Jennifer and had five children then ask for your grandfather’s parents names.

Names, dates and states! 





On 2019-08-22 21:30, DEB wrote:

Proposed Change: Donovan, Olga A. (I164833)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Olga Anne Donovan
BIRTH 22 AUG 1901 • Moruya New South Wales, Australia
DEATH 8 NOV 1990 • New South Wales, Australia



Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-22 21:13, deb wrote:

Proposed Change: Woods, Sandra (I361124)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Sandra Gai Woods
BIRTH 1945 • Milton New South Wales, Australia
DEATH 2010 • Pambula New South Wales

CAMPBELL Sandra Gai Funeral notice 17 MAY 2010 Funeral late of Pambula, formerly of Eden Magnet (Eden) 13MAY2010


Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-22 21:07, deb wrote:

Proposed Change: Donovan, Margaret E. (I164829)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Margaret Elizabeth Donovan
BIRTH 25 JUN 1888 • Moruya, New South Wales, Australia
DEATH 25 JUN 1962 • Revesby, late of Crows Nest New South Wales, Australia 22201/1962

HALL Margaret Elizabeth Death notice 25JUN1962 Death 74 at Revesby, late of Crows Nest Sydney Morning Herald 26JUN1962



Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-21 00:20, DEB wrote:

Proposed Change: Austin, Eveline Maud V. (I166240)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Evelyn Maud Victoria Austin (Maud)
BIRTH 1882 • Moruya, New South Wales
DEATH 9 SEP 1947 • Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia 21211/1947 

Evelyn Maud Death notice 09 SEP 1947 Death late of Beecroft Sydney Morning Herald 10 SEP 1947


Frank Howard Stanger
BIRTH 1884 • Petersham, New South Wales, Australia 6510/1884
DEATH 26 JUL 1954 • 
112 Copeland Road, Beecroft, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 21766/1954


Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-20 02:02, Kevin and Helen McSweeney wrote:

Dear Ian,
Thank you for your email regarding my grandmother.
I cannot work out how to produce a GedCom file from the MacFamilyTree programme that I used.
So I am sending a pdf file of the data of Laura, her husband and their children. I hope that this is suitable for your use.
If you are happy to include photos, certificates and other documents I can send these as .jpg files.
Their 5th child, Ina Augusta, who was only 11 months old when Laura succumbed during the 1918 'Flu epidemic was adopted by a couple who had no children.
Regards,  Kevin McSweeney.

Thank you Kevin,

Yes, we gladly accept any image copies you can provide.

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-18 06:58, Kristine Howard wrote:

Proposed Change: Pooley, Arthur Thomas (I158776)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Arthur Pooley married Annie Bailey at St Patricks Church Cooma in 1880. Annie was born in Queanbeyan on 15 January 1854 and died at Griffith NSW in 1928

Kristine Howard

 Hi Kristine,

Annie Bailey married Arthur Robert Pooley, not Arthur Thomas.  She is buried with Arthur Robert at Woronora Cemetery.  You can see the details of the family in our database.

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-16 09:53, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Fairall, Hannah (I332743)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

At Bundarbo, near Juglong, on Saturday, Mrs. James Purtell was found dead about 100 yards from her home; her throat being cut from the left ear to the front of the wind pipe. A carving knife had been used to commit the deed. Coroner Weekes held an inquiry into the happening. She was very upset over the death of her son-in-law, O. J. Hawker, a few months ago. 
Deceased was 68 years of age, and lived with her husband, James Purtell. She had five children; all of whom are living. She had no property. The Coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.
Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 - 1954) Tue 3 Feb 1925 Page 2


Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-16 09:52, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Purtell, James (I332745)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Mr. James Purtell, Senr.

Another Jugiong land mark has been removed by the death of Mr. James Purtell, senr., on Thursday, 12th inst., at the advanced age of 73 years. The deceased had been Invalided since the death of his wife, two years ago. He was attached to her and it Is generally conceded that the shock he sustained at her demise could not be overcome. Paralysis set in, and despite the fact that he was treated in the Gundagai Hospital for two months, the relief was only temporary, and he had been gradually failing ever since, succumbing to the affliction on 12th Instant. 
The late Mr. Purtell, with his parents, emigrated from Ireland to Melbourne about the year 1873. His parents resided for some time in Victoria, and removed from there to Yass, a few years later. From Yass be went to Redbank Station, where he was employed by Mr. Macansh, who owned the station at that time. 
Mr. Macansh, however, sold Redbank Station to the late Mr. B. Osborne, senr., and Mr. Purtell remained on it. About the year 1882 he married a Miss Hannah Fairall, the daughter of Mr. George Fairall, a selector who had his land on Redbank, which in after years was purchased by Mr. Osborne. The late Mr. Purtell remained in the employ of Mr. Osborne and his sons for 53 years, and he was considered the most useful man on the station. He was carpenter, builder, engineer, aud a very clever mechanic when anything went wrong with the machinery. 
The late James Purtell was the last left of a very well-known and highly respected family. His sister, the late Miss Hannah Purtell, predeceased him only one month ago. The continuity of the intense heat during the last few days, had doubt less told Its tale, and accelerated his demise. 
His remains were laid to rest in the Roman Catholic cemetery at Jugiong, on Friday last, .the Rev, Father Carragher officiating at the grave. He leaves two sons and three daughters to mourn their sad and irreparable loss.
Murrumburrah Signal and County of Harden Advocate (NSW : 1881 - 1947), Thursday 20 January 1927, page 2


Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 2:52 PM George Davies wrote:
Hi Ian,

It's been a long time since we corresponded. I noticed your comments regarding your research of convicts in the last newsletter. While I haven't had time to do much genealogy for some time, I did come across some information on Patrick Killoooly, brother of Ann. I had previously been led to believe that he went to America and died there, but the records below do not sustain that contention.

Best regards

George Davies - Descendant of George Henry Bras(s)ington

Patrick Killooly
Alias:            Irish Rebel:           Religion: Catholic Age on 
arrival: 16
Marital status: Single
Calling/trade: Errand boy
Born: 1820        Native place: Westmeath
Tried: 1836      Westmeath          Sentence: 7     Former convictions: None
Ship: Captain Cook (3) [1836]
Crime: Stealing back board of cart

Information from the Convict Indents provide a brief description and 
profile of a young Patrick:

His previous occupation was as Errand Boy, he was unable to read or 
write and was a Roman Catholic. Patrick was four feet eleven and three 

quarter inches. Fair, ruddy and freckled complextion. Light hair, hazel 
eyes. Nose cocked and finger nails short.

Surname Alias: Killooly
  Given Name(s): Patrick
Ship of arrival to the Colony: Captain Cook (3)
Ship of second transportation: Sir John Byng
Date of second transportation: 16/06/1843
  Transported from: Sydney
  Transported to: Van Diemens Land
  Page: 153
  Location: 4/4523
  Reel No. 1260
Remarks including Trials, Offences, Trade, Transfers: Tried Sydney Sup: 
Ct. 10 Oct. 1842 sentanced to Life for Stabbing & cutting with intent to murder.
Died in Hobart Hospital 1 Oct 1849.



Thank you George,

Regards, Ian


On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 8:44 AM Maureen Laing wrote:
Hi Ian, 
Some basics on John Oslington.
Firstly, a correction. He was born on 13th October, 1803 (not 1809), the youngest of 5 children. He had a twin brother, Cornelius, and 3 older sisters (Mary, Ann and Sarah).
Baptised 30th October,1803 in Lambeth, Surrey.
1822 (aged19) in the Process Book (Quarter Sessions 3/5/13 ) Surrey found guilty of larceny with 2 others...stealing 5 half crowns from Henry Bartlett...and sentenced to life.
5th Oct., 1822 sailed from Portsmouth on the "Surry" under Capt. Thomas Raine.
4th March 1823 arrived in Sydney...disembarked on 11th for inspection.
Convict no. 36/1478.
Assigned to Thomas Raine who left the "Surry" and was granted 2000 acres of land, 6 convicts and supplies. The property, near Bathurst, he called Raine Villa.
1828  in Convict Muster at property in Bathurst
1828 Census in November listed as a servant of Henry O'Brien of Yass,  on the Goulburn Plain.
1836, 16th August, Ticket of Leave to remain in the district of Inveray
1839  4th October  Prisoner's Passport to 20th August 1841 to remain in service of William Shelley, who had properties around Goulburn.
1840,  26th Aug. Ticket of Leave Passport to remain in the service of William Shelley
1842, 4th October, granted permission to marry at 38 years of age
1843, 13th February, married Jane Ewing in the parish of St Saviour, county of Argyle, Goulburn.
1863 Electoral Rolls listed as living in Marulan
1871, 4th November, sent by doctor from Goulburn to Parramatta with depression. His son, William, admitted him.
1879, 12th February, he died at the asylum. His name is listed on the wall at the pioneer cemetery there along with the names of all the other inmates and others who passed away there and were buried in unmarked graves.
Hope this gives you the overview you wanted. I will try to expand any of the above if needed later.
Thanks again for your interest and all your hard work. You keep us all connected. 
Best wishes,  Maureen Laing 

Thank you,

Regards, Ian

On Sun, Aug 11, 2019 at 6:15 PM Maureen Laing wrote:

John Oslington (1809-1879)


I can find more info if you need it. He was my 3x g-grandfather.

I hope you are having fun with this.

Best wishes,  Maureen

Thank you Maureen,

Do you have copies of the convict records to add to his profile in the DB?
Regards,  Ian


On 2019-08-12 23:04, Carlene Harris wrote:

Margaret Downing (Downey nee Ryan)  death is registered as: 

Margaret Downing, died 1826 at Asylum (Sydney) NSW, AUS, aged 30, Buried 14 December 1826 at Sydney.  Burial registered at St Mary's Catholic Church. 

This church is were children Ellen, Timothy(Edward) and Margaret are all baptised/christened by Reverend J. J. Therry, the 1st Catholic Reverend to arrive in Sydney.  Mary Ann was born prior to this church being built and doesn't appear anywhere that I can find.

Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-12 18:51, DEB wrote:

Proposed Change: Backhouse, Ross (I287549)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: FATHER =
Henry Charles BACKHOUSE
BIRTH 17 SEP 1911 • Moruya, New South Wales, Australia 42628/1911
DEATH 19 APRIL 1989 • Moruya, New South Wales, Australia

Rachel Elizabeth Austin
BIRTH 1903 • Moruya, New South Wales, Australia 32036/1903
DEATH 18 NOVEMBER 1988 • Moruya, New South Wales, Australia 203084/1988



Thank you,

Regards, Ian

On Sun, Aug 11, 2019 at 6:54 PM Kerry D wrote:

Hi Ian, 

William Chaplin (Person ID I196926) was convicted of pig stealing at the Southampton QS on 15 Jan 1828 and arrived in Sydney on 18 Nov 1828 aboard “Eliza”.  He was born c1793 in Buckinghamshire & died at Charleyong (Braidwood) on 24 May 1878. 

His wife, Ellen Lewis (196927), was born at sea c1801 & died at Bellevue (Braidwood) on 18 Aug 1859. Trial: Old Bailey December Session, Middlesex, England. Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of 7 years on 01 December 1831.

Larceny before convicted of felony.

Transported on Burrell (II) which departed Woolwich 31 December 1831 and arrived in Sydney 20 May 1832.

You have their daughters, Eleanor & Mary, in the MP database but they also had a daughter named Lucy Elizabeth (my husband’s GG grandmother) who died at Duntroon in 1875.

I’ve been very time-poor this weekend but will try to get more details & records to you next weekend.

Kind regards,  Kerry

Thank you Kerry,
Both those "guests of the crown" have now been recognised and Lucy Elizabeth and family have been linked.  I have also added William Chaplin to the Pioneers index.
Regards,  Ian


PARKEROn 2019-08-11 06:05, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Parker, James Adam (I196903)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: FATAL ACCIDENT - An accident occurred at Jembaicumbene on Sunday night last, which had a fatal termination. It appears that Mr. James Parker, senr., a vary old and respected resident of Bell's Creek was on his way home, accompanied by Mr. A. McCarron . They ware both on horse back. When cantering over the Jembaicumbene bridge Mr. Parker's home slipped and fell on its side, and the rider was thrown on his head against the railings. McCarron and Jas. Crozier, who saw the accident, carried him to Ebsworthy's hotel and Dr. Read was sent for, but on his arrival he found that Mr. Parker had been dead some time, in fact he expressed the opinion at the inquest that death was almost instantaneous. The base of the skull was fractured and the brain lacerated. The Coroner held an Inquest on Monday, when the jury returned a verdict that death resulted from an accident. 
The Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal (NSW : 1888 - 1954) Wed 11 Jan 1899 Page 2


Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-07 18:56, deb wrote:

Proposed Change: McCauley, Pearl (I168853)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: GRANT PEARL 5532/1982 WILLIAM EMMA_______ GRANT Pearl Death notice 05MAR1982 Death 88 late of Earlwood Sydney Morning Herald 06MAR1982 


Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-05 16:56, james roland walford wrote:

Proposed Change: Severs, Matilda (I107976)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Matilda Severs Lee according to the Ryerson Index died 10 Jun 1992 at Pambula and is Buried at the Pambula Cemetery

james roland walford
Thanks Jim,
David Lee d13/4/1996 buried in Pambula Cemetery.
Regards, Ian


On 2019-08-05 16:54, james roland walford wrote:

Proposed Change: Lee, David (I107977)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: David Lee Born David Gordon Lee in Lakes Entrance Victoria Birth Certificate No 56102/1906. Married Matilda Severs on 21 Nov 1931 Marriage Certificate No 13769/1931.
will forward marriage certificate under seperate email

james roland walford

Thank you,

Regards, Ian

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