I'm having difficulty getting details of great-grandfather transported from Ireland in July 1851. 

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Comment by Kylie Sloper on March 7, 2018 at 8:30

Hi Dermot.

Thank you for your blog post.

To locate arrival records from as early as 1851, you will need to contact the state archives in which they arrived in Australia. The National Archives does not hold records for this time period.


Kylie Sloper

NAA Employee

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on March 7, 2018 at 18:53

Dermot,  If you can list his name I can check for you - what sort of details are you looking for?


Comment by Dermot Reidy on March 7, 2018 at 23:50


Thank you for the offer. The man in question is Cornelius Corry; convicted of 'cow stealing' in Clare in 1851. He was fifteen or sixteen years at the time and was transported to possibly Tasmania. He returned to Ireland sometime around 1865 and, having been reared on a nine acre farm, he purchased a substantial dwelling and a fifty-six acre farm. Family believed he worked in Ballarat and that is as much as we know. The missing piece of the puzzle is how did a convict achieve this.



Comment by Elizabeth Allen on March 8, 2018 at 12:21

Dermot, I will see if I can find anything for you - nothing on him showing up as a convict as yet


Comment by Elizabeth Allen on March 8, 2018 at 13:20

Demot, I have checked all the convict records for the various states and there is nothing for a Cornelius Corry - are you sure of the spelling of his surname?

Do you know if this is the name he used at the time as some of them were under an alias


Comment by Dermot Reidy on March 8, 2018 at 22:07


It is interesting that you ask if this is the name he used. Some years ago we got information on  one Cornelius Curren which matched him and the dates of his arrival in Australia  seemed right, but we dismissed it. In Ireland that family name is pronounced 'Curry, which might explain it or was their an advantage to a man changing his name? The convict number for this Cornelius Curren 18254.

Again, many thanks for your interest,


Comment by Elizabeth Allen on March 8, 2018 at 23:07

Demot, This is probably the one you were referring to but as yet I cannot find which state he arrived in or which ship - will keep trying tomorrow

Last name:

First name:

Full name:


Trial place:

Co. Clare
Trial date:

Crime desc:

Cow stealing

Transportation 7 yrs
Document ref1:

TR 10, P 31

The Cornelius CURREN you mentioned was a convict to Tasmania in 1851 in 1861 he married in tasmania to a Honora McNAMARA - he was listed as 33 years old at the time
I can check him out further if needed - his marriage is listed under CURRAN on the Links Tasmania site & also on the BDM Indexes

Digger - Tasmanian Pioneer Index 1803-1899

Surname: CURRAN
Given Names: CORNELIUS
Event: Marriage
Father/Spouse Surname: MCNAMARA
Mother/Spouse Given Names: HONORA
Day: 30
Month: 11
Year: 1861
Age: 33
Sex: M
Spouse Age: 32
Spouse Sex: F
Registration Place: WESTBURY
Registration Number: 550/1861
Reference: RGD 37

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on March 8, 2018 at 23:15

Dermot, These are the details for the Cornelius CURREN - not the same person it seems as Cornelius CORRY



Comment by Dermot Reidy on March 9, 2018 at 0:24


That clears up that confusion- many thanks,



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