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Details for the convict Honora Collins (1796)

Convict Name:Honora Collins
Trial Place:Kerry
Trial Date:1795
Arrival Details
Ship:Marquis Cornwallis
Arrival Year:1796
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Honora Collins arrived on the Marquis Cornwallis from Ireland in 1796. After a mutiny on the voyage, the ship arrived 11 February. Honora's offence was not recorded but she was tried in 1795 at Kerry, Ireland and her term was for 7 years.

She married Thomas Francis and he later legally separated from her. She is buried in Castlereagh Cemetery but there is no gravestone.

The ship marquis Cornwallis embarked 163 male and 70 female convicts and left Cork on 9th august 1795, arriving Sydney on 11 February 1796. During the voyage, 11 male prisoners died, including seven who died of gunshot wounds. the ships guard was a detachment of the New South Wales Corp. Before sailing the Captain had been warned that some of the detachment showed signs that there might be mutiny on board, but the ensign ignored the warnings and did not take action.

After another warning a few days later, Captain Hogan, had 42 of the male convicts flogged and six of the women punished. Sergeant Ellis was handcuffed, thumb screwed and leg bolted to a co-ringleader, Pte Lawrence Gaffney and confined to the prison.

The prisoners began to smash their way out of the prison on 22 Sept, but Capt Hogan and his officers fired into the milling crowd and drove them back. No prisoner was killed but several severely wounded. Seven later died. Nine days after fracas Sergeant Ellis died still chained to Private Gaffney.

Honora was between the age of 25 and 32 when she arrived in the colony.
In the census of 1828, Honora stated that she was a 65 years old housekeeper at Evan, which was the earlier name for the Nepean/Penrith area. When she died on 5 Sept 1837 her age was recorded as 67.
Submitted by Researcher (Ann Cooling) on 14 March 2017

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