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John Leary (1792–1846)

John Leary was sentenced to seven years transportation on charges of theft. He arrived in Sydney in 1816 aboard the Elizabeth. His occupation was given as labourer and his height as 5 feet 2 inches. He had a dark ruddy complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes. He was forwarded to Parramatta for distribution and became a servant to William Emmett. In 1822 he was working as a constable in Sydney. Described as a widower he married Catherine Jones in 1825 and began working as a publican.

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  • Lary, John

Cork, Cork, Ireland


16 November, 1846 (aged ~ 54)
Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years