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Daniel Sugrue/Sugrie/Sughrue/Sughrie/Shaugheron/Shoughron

Today's post contains more information I have found that I believe relates to my step 4th Great Grandfather (previous posts mentioning him can be found here, here and here). From Daniel's Death registration transcription (see below) I learned that he had been in New South Wales for over 42 years.  This leads to an arrival date around 1834 and so I went off to see what I could find.  Ultimately I found a convict transported to Australia for seven years on board the ship Blenheim named Daniel Sugrue/Sugrie in 1834.  I do believe this is the Daniel I was looking for and will put forward what I have found that leads me to believe this below.  Now I may very well be wrong with this and if I am, know that I am always open to amending any errors. Unfortunately I sometimes do make mistakes even though I try very hard not to!

Source: Transcription of the NSW Death Registration for Daniel Shoughron Index No. 6593/1876. Received from NSW Family History Transcriptions

In 1834 a convict named Daniel Sugrue/Sugrie arrived in Australia from Ireland on board the ship Blenheim.  This convict is the man I believe to be my step 4th Great Grandfather.


Source: Trove. Shipping Intelligence. (1834, November 18). The Sydney Times (NSW : 1834-1838), p. 2. Retrieved from

Shipping Intelligence.
On Friday last from Cork, having sailed from that place the 27th July, the ship Blenheim, 375 tons, James Brown master, with 200 male prisoners ; James Wilson, Esq. R. N. , Superintendent.The guard consists of Capt. Fothergill, of the 50th regiment, Lieut. O'Halloran, 30th regiment, and 30 rank and file of the 50th regiment.  Passengers, Timothy Mannix, Roger Sheedy, Patrick Stenton, John Stenton, Patrick Neville, James Neville and Edward Neville.
Yesterday the ship James, from Leith, with Dr. Lang and emigrants, selected and brought out under his superintendence.
A schooner was coming up the river when we went to press.
On Thursday last for the Sperm Fishery, the brig Lady Wellington, Cliffe, master, with stores.
On Saturday last for Newcastle, the brig Adelaide, Clarke, master.
For the same port on Sunday last, the brig Meanwell, in ballast.
The Vigilant and Matilda.
The Australian for the Sperm Fishery this day.
The Richard Reynolds for London on Friday next.
The Blenheim with male convicts has had a very expeditious trip, having been only three months and fourteen days on her passage.

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842

Master: James Temple Brown
Surgeon: Superintendent James Wilson
Arrived from Ireland: 14th November 1834
Standing No. of Convict: 34-2351
Indent No.120
Name: Daniel Sughrue
Age: 28
Education (R=Reads W=Writes): None
Religon: Roman Catholic
Single, Married, or Widowed: Married
Males: 2
Females: 2
Native Place: County Kerry
Trade or Calling: Farm Laborer
Offence: Sheep stealing
Where: Kerry
When: 29th September 1832
Sentence: 7 years
Former Conviction: None
Height: 5ft 2 1/2 inches
Complexion: Sallow much freckled
Color of
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Bluish
Particular Marks or Scars. Remarks: Scar of forehead, small mole left side of chin, scar inside right leg, scar inside calf of left leg.
Source: New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842. Retrieved from Ancestry

The website Free Settler or Felon has an interesting story about Daniel Sughrue and his interaction with Surgeon James Wilson from the Blenheim, on the 7th July 1834 on board the convict hulk Surprize at the Cove of Cork.  Daniel was one of the convicts inspected that day, although it was initially said by the Medical Officer from the hulk that he was unfit for embarkation due to his long standing blindness; in fact he had to be physically led to the inspection due to said blindness.  Unfortunately for Daniel the Medical Officer from Dublin who was also present noted that his crime was sheep stealing and had him brought back for inspection.  After a very physical, forced inspection of his eyes by the medical officers it was noted that he was not in fact blind at all and thus his apparently thirteen month long scam came to an end.  James Wilson ultimately approved him for departure on the Blenheim and threatened him with immediate corporal punishment if his eyes were not opened when he came aboard the ship. Subsequently on the 8th of July, 1834 Daniel made it on to the Blenheim with no physical assistance, eyes half opened and after being reminded of his options by James Wilson, finally looked him fully in the face showing his perfectly normal eyes.  This story, which was quite a gem to find, tells me that Daniel was a very resourceful and determined man!  He was married with four children and obviously had no desire to be transported to Australia!  By acting the blind man for thirteen months or so, he obviously had made life on board the convict hulk easier and may very well have delayed his transportation by doing so.  
After his arrival in New South Wales in 1834 Daniel was assigned to work for Frederick Manton in the Yass district. According to the Memorial Booklet on Lovat Chapel at Yass (see here) Frederick Manton allowed Catholic priests to celebrate Mass and minister to his Catholic convict and other workers, including at his own property. This may be where Daniel developed a relationship with the Priests and Catholic Church at Yass and may have motivated the choice to be married at St. Augustines Roman Catholic Church in Yass in 1860 when he married my 4th Great Grandmother Ellen even though they both lived far away from it.  The Priests and church community in Yass may have provided Daniel with much needed comfort and support over his years as a convict so very far away from his wife and children and so when he remarried he wanted those that were important to him to officiate.

New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834

Number: 5372
Date of Arrival:14 Nov 1834
Name: Daniel Sughrie
Vessel: Blenheim
Sentence: 7 years
How disposed of: Fred. Manton Yass
Source: New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834.  Retrieved from Ancestry

Daniel received a Ticket of Leave in February 1839 and was allowed to remain in the Yass District where he had been living and working. Then in October of 1839 he was granted a Certificate of Freedom.


1st February 1839
Name: Daniel Sughrue
Ship: Blenheim
Master: Brown
Year: 1834
Place of Trial: Kerry
Date of Trial: 29th September 1832
Sentence: 7 years
Allowed to remain in the District of Yass on the recommendation of the Yass Bench,
Dated September 1838
Source: New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869. Retrieved from Ancestry


No.. 39/1924
Date: 21st October 1839
Prisoners No. 34/2351
Name: Daniel Sughrie
Ship: Blenheim
Master: Brown
Year: 1834
Native Place: County Kerry
Trade or Calling: Farm Laborer
Place of Trial: Kerry
Date of Trial: 29 September 1832
Sentence: 7 years
Year of Birth: 1806
Height: 5ft 2 1/2 inches
Complexion: Sallow freckles
Hair: Dark Brown
Eyes: Bluish
General Remarks: Scar of forehead, small mole left side of chin, scar inside right leg, scar inside calf of left leg.
Held a Ticket of Leave 39/95
Dated 1st February 1839 was surrendered
Source: New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1827-1867. Retrieved from Ancestry

Daniel had not forgotten his wife and children back in Ireland and he eventually requested permission for them to come to Australia at the governments expense. 

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891 

Families of Convicts
Wives and Families of Convicts on Bounty Ships, 1847-1850
No. 18
Name: Daniel Sughrue
Ship: Blenheim
Wife's Maiden Name: Ellen Maranan
No. of Children: Four
Residence of Wife & to whom known:  Kerry, Cahircaveen
                                                                             Rev. _ Welsh? P.P. of Sneen
                                                                                    Mr. Wm. ?annon, Whitestrand, ?
                                                                 Town of Cahircaveen
Source: New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891. Retrieved from Ancestry

From this record I now know that the maiden name of his wife was Ellen Maranan   (spelling could very well be wrong here) and that she was residing in Cahirciveen, Kerry, Ireland. Unfortunately I have not found any more information about the family of Daniel Sughrue but I will continue to look in the hope that I can find out what happened to them.  I do know that he had at least one living son at the time of his death as that was on his death registration transcription.


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