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Thomas Larressy

Thomas Larressy

Male 1813 - 1867  (54 years)

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  • Gender Male 
    Born 1813  Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Convict 1 Aug 1834  County Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Crime: Stealing Money. Sentenced to 7 years transportation. 
    Convict Arrival 29 Sep 1835  Sydney, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Backwell, departed Cork on 12th June 1835. Thomas was one of 150 convicts on board. The Backwell arrived in Port Jackson on 29 September 1835. The voyage had taken 109 days and two prisoners died on the voyage. 
    Ticket of Leave 1 Aug 1840  Scone, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Ticket of Leave Thomas Larressy
    Ticket of Leave Thomas Larressy
    Certificate of Freedom 8 Feb 1842  Scone, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Certificate of Freedom Thomas Larressy
    Certificate of Freedom Thomas Larressy
    Convict 21 Aug 1849  Bathurst, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Crime: House Breaking Sentenced to six months in irons. 
    Convict 10 Jan 1853  Bathurst, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Crime: Assault, Attempted Highway Robbery. Sentenced on March 1st 1853 to 3 years hard labour on the roads. 
    Died 6 Aug 1867  Wellington Vale Station, Wellington Vale, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 7 Aug 1867  Wellington Vale Station Cemetery, Welling Vale Station, Wellington Vale, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I95  Jacquelines Tree
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2018 

    Father John Larressy 
    Mother Margaret Rogan 
    Family ID F148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bridget Mullally,   b. 1818, County Kildare, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1902, Gundurimba, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 12 Jun 1842  Hartley, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Mary Larressy,   b. 1844, Hartley, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1903, Lismore, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Maragret Larressy,   b. 1845, Bathurst, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1930, Tenterfield, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Catherine Larressy,   b. 18 Oct 1847, Bathurst, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1928, Tenterfield, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [Birth]
     4. Michael Larressy,   b. 14 Aug 1852, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1925, Leycester, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. Bridget Larressy,   b. 1856, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1926, "Lismore Lodge" 5 Alexander St., Coogee, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     6. Elizabeth Ann Larressy,   b. 8 Nov 1858, Glen Elgin, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1895, Green Swamp, Northern Tablelands, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F30  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1813 - Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsConvict Arrival - The Backwell, departed Cork on 12th June 1835. Thomas was one of 150 convicts on board. The Backwell arrived in Port Jackson on 29 September 1835. The voyage had taken 109 days and two prisoners died on the voyage. - 29 Sep 1835 - Sydney, New South Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTicket of Leave - 1 Aug 1840 - Scone, New South Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCertificate of Freedom - 8 Feb 1842 - Scone, New South Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Jun 1842 - Hartley, New South Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsConvict - Crime: House Breaking Sentenced to six months in irons. - 21 Aug 1849 - Bathurst, New South Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsConvict - Crime: Assault, Attempted Highway Robbery. Sentenced on March 1st 1853 to 3 years hard labour on the roads. - 10 Jan 1853 - Bathurst, New South Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Aug 1867 - Wellington Vale Station, Wellington Vale, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 7 Aug 1867 - Wellington Vale Station Cemetery, Welling Vale Station, Wellington Vale, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 'Thomas Larrissey: from stable boy to patriarch' by Margaret Henderson, published in the 'Northern Star' ?(Lismore)?, Saturday Feb 14, 2004, page 93:

      'In the past many a rude comment has been made about our convict heritage. People tried to hide the fact that they had convict origins. However, in more recent times it has become quite fashionable to have a convict ancestor. In fact, the more the merrier!

      It is amazing where some of these original immigrants to Australia went, and what they did. Many became pillars of society or at least leading members of their communities. Quite often it was only after they were dead that people heard about their past clash with the English law!

      No doubt some people knew from the beginning but did not care. They judged a person by what they were. Industry, community spirit and loyalty would be the gauge of a person's worth. This is still the basis of the Australian ethos.

      Thomas Larrissey was a convict who arrived in New South Wales in 1835. He had been born in County Galway, Ireland, and came from a poor Catholic village.

      He obtained work as a stable boy but, at the age of 21, was arrested for stealing money. As a result he was transported to Australia for seven years.

      He served his full term and was given his Certificate of Freedom in 1842. He almost immediately married Bridget Mullally, an Irish girl who had arrived as a free immigrant. She had come from a farming background and had decided to emigrate after her father died in 1841. She obtained employment as a house servant.

      Thomas became a miner in the Bathurst area but was not highly successful. With little education and no trade he found employment difficult. Apparently there was no way he could obtain a land grant. The situation was desperate as the family grew and Thomas soon became tempted to join a friend in highway robbery. The attempt failed and he found himself back in prison.

      After Thomas was released the family moved to the Glen Innes area where Thomas obtained work as a farm servant. While he had been in prison Bridget had had to support the family and she had done this partly by acting as midwife to the district. This was a role she was to continue.

      Thomas died in 1867 at the age of 53. His had not been a highly successful life by some accounts but he had left a fine family as well as a very resourceful wife. By this time some of the children were married and Bridget moved to the Tenterfield area with her three youngest children to be close to two married daughters. By 1885 she had acquired nearly 500 acres of land, eight horses, 20 cattle and 525 sheep.

      The only son of the family, Michael, established himself at Gundurimba. Two other daughters were also in that area. Beidget died there in 1902 and is buried in the Barham Street Cemetery.

      All of Thomas and Bridget's children prospered. Most of them acquired substantial farmland and became well known and respected in their communities. Michael at first worked as a cedar getter but then leased and finally purchased land where he set about dairying. He built a house, dairy and piggeries and then purchased more land.

      Michael was also an accomplished local musician. He was very popular at concerts and dances playing the concertina. He also sang and told jokes int rue Irish fashion. He must have had a likeable personality and it is no wonder he was popular in those days of homegrown entertainment.

      Yes, we can be proud of our convict ancestors and the people they married. It must have been very difficult to survive in those days, especially with little education and no job training. The wonderful families they left behind are their legacy.

      The Larrissey legacy was documented a few years ago by Carole Lohoar, and in true Irish fasion is entitled Larrissey or Larrikin.

      Prepared for publication by Geoff & Margaret Henderson for the Richmond River Historical Society Inc., Lismore....'

  • Reference  Smith, Andrew Grahame. "Thomas Larressy". Blighty to Baghdad. http://www.blightytobaghdad.com/familytree/getperson.php?personID=I95&tree=tree1 (accessed July 20, 2019).

  • Sources 
    1. [S43] State Records of New South Wales - Convict Index. [4/4141; Reel 937].

    2. [S43] State Records of New South Wales - Convict Index. [4/4371; Reel 1010].

    3. [S16] Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal. 2.

    4. [S3] NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages. 8279/1867.

    5. [S3] NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages. 1338 Vol 92.


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