Elizabeth Maginnis (children took on the name McGuiness)
Arrested - London - Tried Old Bailey 1816 - found guilty for receiving a roll of stolen
cloth. Sentenced to 14 years transportation. Husband Daniel found not guilty.
Elizabeth arrived on the Friendship on 14th January 1818 with her two children Thomas 8
and Elizabeth 5. Daniel their father had died while Elizabeth was being held in Newgate.
This is taken from the Historical Records of Australia, regarding the infamous voyage of
the Friendship - pages 750 - 758:-
'.Very indecent and licentious intercourse took place between the ship's crew the
exception was the ships Captain Armet and Surgeon Cosgreave. A great spirit of
insubordination and mutiny seemed to exist originally from the restraint of the
prostitution. Neither the Captain nor the Surgeon was able to control the crew and prevent
Elizabeth was assigned to Simeon Lord, whose mansion the 'Swan' was on the corner
of Macquarie Place and Bridge Street. Simeon Lord was also appointed as one of the three
Magistrates to hear the case regarding the behavior that took place on board the
Friendship on its voyage, by none other than the Governor, Lachlan Macquarie.
Simeon Lord, also arrived in the Colony as a convict, however he was quickly emancipated
and started retailing spirits and other goods. In 1801 he was appointed auctioneer and
became a very successful ship agent. he pioneered sealing ventures in the Colony, and
after many years of importing started manufacturing hats, cloth, blankets, soap, candles
On 1 st January, 1820 Elizabeth Maginnis made an application to the Governor for the
mitigation of her sentence, which was granted, it is beautifully written, not in her hand
writing, but it can be hoped with the assistance of her Master Simeon Lord.
Young Thomas at 18 years of age is a Merchant with his own business on the corner of King
and Castlereagh Streets, which two years later he applies for and is granted a liquor
license and the premises now becomes the Carrier's Arms. One would hope that maybe
Mr. Simeon Lord played a part in the McGinnis (McGuiness') lives and because of this
association helped them establish themselves in their new land.
Elizabeth McGinnis died in 1832, three months after the marriage of her daughter Elizabeth
to Richard Pearce, the youngest son of John and Mary Pearce (nee Lees) and her son Thomas
McGuiness's marriage to Sarah Blackman, the eldest daughter of Samuel Blackman of
Elizabeth Maginnis died at the Horse and Carriage Inn in Castlereagh Street, which was run
by her son in law, she was 50 year of age. She had never remarried.
Sydney Morning Herald 16.05.1832:-
'.. Mrs. McGinnis, the landlady of the Coach and Horses Inn, an old and respected
inhabitant of this colony passed away'.
Alan and Janice.