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I continue searching for information on THOMAS LYNCHEY, tried Castle Rushen,
Isle of Man , in 1833, arrived "MaryAnn" October 1835. Thomas had originally
been put on board the "Lady Kennaway" destined for Tasmania but was taken
off at Cork, with 19 others suffering from cholera; he was the only one to
I have found no record between the Indent of October 1835 and Thomas' ToL
granted on 14/05/1844 on the recommendation of the Muswellbrook Bench dated
January 1844. The ToL required Thomas to remain in the District of Moreton
This introduces an ambiguity. My first thought was that Moreton Bay was in
what is now Queensland and a long way away. I them found a property named
"Morton Bay" near Dunedoo.
I gave the Dunedoo location a fair working over with no success, although
we all know that does not close a door.
Communication with the Family History Society at Muswellbrook brought to
light a report that around this time several of the landholders in that
region had taken up land in what is now Southern Queensland. Could Thomas
have been assigned to one of these people and been happy to go to their new
If Thomas went to "Moreton Bay "with his ToL he did not remain there for
very long as on 16/04/1845 he was confined to Parramatta Gaol having been
apprehended at Liverpool.
On 18/04/1845 he was sent to the Hyde Park barracks "to be dealt with".
Under the heading "Behaviour in Gaol"" is the notation "ToL Moreton Bay".
Internet and SLV searches of HP Barracks, Darlinghurst Gaol and Road Gang
records have not found Thomas. Similarly an enquiry to Sydney Living Museums
who look after HP Barracks produced no results. I have also searched the
Colonial Secretaries correspondence, in and out, the Assignment records and
the 1837 "General Return of Convicts".
He is not listed in the "Deaths in Custody" records nor in Convicts
applications to marry. I have not found him, as Lynchey at least, in the
There is a possible reason for his being in the vicinity of Sydney, His
mother was assigned to a Henry Fisher who was a wine and spirit merchant in
Prince's St Sydney and who also had property at Windsor; his sister Mary
Anne and her family lived in Chippendale.
The surname is a problem, his mother was sentenced with him and she brought
three children with her, they and/or clerks have recorded this family as
Lynchey, Lynchy, Linchey, Linchy, Linchay, Lynch and Linch at least and
perhaps other not yet found spellings.
Is it possible that he was sent to "Moreton Bay" after HP Barracks? Would he
feature in Queensland records? I understand that before separation these
records were sent to Sydney.
Could anyone please suggest any other possible avenues of research.
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