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Greetings, In 1836, Patrick Collins was tried in the January Sessions sitting of the Limerick Magistrate's court for stealing some butter. He was sentenced to 7 years transportation to the penal colony of New South Wales, Australia. At the time of his arrest, he was aged 35, was married, and had three daughters and a son. The records do not show their names, only that they were there. Patrick was granted his Ticket of Leave in 1840 and he resided in the Camden district, eventually dying there at the good age of 86.

Tickets of Leave were granted to prisoners who were considered to be well behaved, who could then hire themselves out for wages. Patrick was employed by one John Edye Manning, who had a property named Vermont. Here Patrick met Mary McInerney (another convict who had been sent out from Clare town in 1836, also for seven years) -- they fell in love, and settled into a de facto relationship as Patrick was till married to his first, Irish wife. They proceeded to have another five children. On Patrick's death certificate, a John Collins is shown as the eldest son.

As his age precedes the arrest date, I am assuming that John Collins was his Irish-born son. There is no mention of his family at home, other than the name of Patrick's father was also John, and no leave was requested to have his Irish family brought out to Sydney. I am looking to find out more about the Irish connection, as it would be interesting to find out what happened to his family in Limerick, and who his siblings and parents were. Any help would be gratefully received.
Geoff Humble
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I'm looking for the 18th C. Olivers of Kilfinane, Co. Limerick re their dealings w/ the Palatines from Germany?
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