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Details for the convict John OBrien (1827)

Convict Name:John OBrien
Trial Place:Clare
Trial Date:August 1825
Sentence:7 years
Notes:alias Barry - [Family: Single / Trade or Calling: Errand boy / Offence : Pick pockets / Assigned to : Wm.McArthur, Camden]
Arrival Details
Ship:Countess of Harcourt (4)
Arrival Year:1827
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John O'Brien, Countess of Harcourt, 1827 was noted in the 1828 Convict Absconders, aged 19.

I am suspecting that he escaped to New Zealand.
There is a record of a J O'Brien arriving from Sydney prior to 1839, and purchasing land from the natives on the Hokianga. (Early NZ Settlers 1769-1839 There is no further mention of J O'Brien.

There is however a John Wright, Blacksmith, living on the Hokianga in 1838, married with two children and with 4 children in 1846. (Busby & Clenden Censuses) There is no record of this particular John Wright arriving in New Zealand.

I believe one of his children was Charles Wright b 1833 who was living at Kaeo, Bay of Islands, 50Km away in 1863 when my grandfather was born.

My DNA has been tested revealing the distinctive O'Brien DNA signature.

Evidence is mounting that the convict John O'Brien escaped to New Zealand and changed his name to John Wright to escape recapture.
Submitted by Researcher (Dennis Wright) on 6 May 2017

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  • State Records NSW (SRNSW) : NRS 12188, [4/4012], 1827, Countess of Harcourt, p.15

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