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Details for the convict Patrick Gahan (1840)

Convict Name:Patrick Gahan
Trial Place:Dublin City
Trial Date:6 March 1840
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:King William
Arrival Year:1840
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Patrick Gahan was transported from Dublin, Ireland at the age of 15 with a sentence of 7 years. He was convicted of the theft of a sailor’s cloths on 6 March 1940. He had a previous conviction, also for stealing, for which he had been given a sentence of 3 months. At the time he was employed as an errand boy and had a mother and seven siblings who were dependent on him. There is no mention of his father.
He arrived in Australia on the ‘King William’ which sailed from Kingston, Ireland on 28th April 1840 and arrived in NSW on 17th August 1840. The ‘King William’ was a 380-ton ship built at Whitby, England. It carried 180 male prisoners, 9 free passengers, members of the 80th and 96th Regiment Guards, four women and several children.
Patrick could obtain a ticket of leave after 4 years and this was granted on 15 July 1845. He was assigned to the Yass district for the remainder of his sentence and worked on a property called ‘St. Omer’s’ which was 6 miles from Braidwood on the Nowra Road.
He married Mary Harrington (nee Kelly) at Goulburn on 17 August 1853.
Mary was a widow with a young child. She had previously been married to John Harrington who died aged 40. She had one child, a son, by him who was also named John. Mary arrived with her family in on the ‘Forth’ in Sydney on 28 August 1841. Her father is listed as a farm labourer and her mother a domestic servant.
The couple had 9 children, 7 were born at St. Omer’s and the last 2 at Boro where the family had moved. Mary died from ‘puerperal fever’ at Boro on 15 November 1874. Patrick died at Goulburn on 13 February 1899.
Patrick Gahan was my great great grandfather. The name was later changed to Gann, probably to avoid the stigma associated at that time with being a convict.

Submitted by Researcher (Nan Hewitt) on 20 August 2020

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  • State Records NSW (SRNSW) : NRS 12189, [X642A], 1840, King William, p.3

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