Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 18, 2010

I have convict ancestors

Filed under: General — admin @ 11:24 pm

I have just found out I have convict ancestors. How cool is that? And they are Irish transported for stealing a watch. Here is the transcript. Thanks to my brother Lawrie for some excellent research.

James Larkin 2605/197 C42/771

Age: 21 : Education RVW[Reading,Verbal,Writing] Religion-Catholic

Trade : Grocer

Tried Dublin 8/4/1833 for stealing a watch; convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation to Australia.

No former convictions.

Description ; Height 5'4.5", complection : fair, ruddy,freckled,small mole left cheek,Hair light brown , Eyes,grey.

Archives Office of NSW AO Fiche688

Report from principal Superintendant of Convicts, Date ??

Bound Indents 1833-1835 [4/4018]pp 116-237

Musters and other papers relating to convict ships, 1790-1849;2/8276 p167

Warrents of the Lord Leiutenant of Ireland relating to convict vessels from Ireland; Irish Indents 1822-1840

General musterof male and female convicts in NSW and Norfolh Island, 31/12/1837; item 31, reel 71

General return of convicts in NSW 1837; Number 14570

Ship "Royal Admiral" sailed 4/6/1833 from Dublin; picked up more passengers in Cork 5th June

215 male prisoners; 41 Irish prisoners; plus Guards [Queens 21 Regiment]

Master; David Fotheringham

high incidence of sickness on passage; reported by Surgeon

Arrived Sydney Cove 26 October 1833

Reported in 1837 Convict Muster ; Age 25; No.14570 Assigned to HJ Pilcher at Paterson in the Hunter Valley

And this is my grandmother, Clara Larkin, descendant of the convict James Larkin.
clara larkin


  1. Convict ancestry hey. Well that explains a lot doesn’t it! 😀

    Cool piece of your family tree to uncover.

    Comment by Lucky — March 19, 2010 @ 12:54 am

  2. Very chic these days. But there’s snobbery attached to early arrivals versus latecomers, isn’t there? Sorry, old boy, it’s First Fleeters or also rans!

    Comment by Tyto Tony — March 19, 2010 @ 6:23 am

  3. Lucky, I was stoked. It does explain umm something.. or other ???

    Tony, I never did care much for what snobs think.. 🙂

    Comment by admin — March 19, 2010 @ 11:00 am

  4. Very interesting. It’s always exciting to find out more about your family.

    Comment by adam — March 19, 2010 @ 11:39 am

  5. thanks adam.
    i like all the naughty bits that the ancestors did. 🙂


    Comment by admin — March 20, 2010 @ 12:08 am

  6. My grandmother and great grandfather as well! The story of James’ wife is just as interesting!i

    Comment by Denis Hannigan — April 23, 2012 @ 9:40 am

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