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Kelly, Hugh (c. 1782–1835)

Hugh Kelly was found guilty in April 1802 at Armagh, Ireland, of stealing clothes. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived at Sydney in May 1803 aboard the Rolla. In 1806 he was assigned to Mary Kelly, a widow, who was working a 135 acre farm at Toongabbie. The couple were married on 14 August 1808 at St John's Parramatta. Following Mary's death in 1820 Kelly lived with Esther Harley, who already had a number of children. By 1821 Kelly was also working as a victualler of the Half-way House on the Windsor Road. By 1827 he was living with Eliza Purcell; they had a son Joseph in 1828. Eliza died from burns from a fire in 1831. Kelly then lived with Mary Ann Moran who, in 1831, may have been the 17-year-old daughter of Charles Moran of Prospect. They had a daughter, Frances Ann Kelly, in 1831.

Hugh Kelly died on 21 July 1835.

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'Kelly, Hugh (c. 1782–1835)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/kelly-hugh-30873/text38233, accessed 17 April 2021.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

c. 1782
Ireland

Death

21 July 1835
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years