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Johanna Shea b1838/9 Kilkenny

Johanna/mistranscribed as Judith Shea/Oshea arrived in South Australia on a ship called the Nashwauk (Liverpool to Adelaide) in 1855, (which sunk just off landing in Adelaide). Her middle name was Maria. She was born 1838/9 Kilkenny father Michael Shea (farmer of Kilkenny). No mention of a mother's name! A Mary Shea b1833 Kilkenny was also onboard the Nashwauk. Both the girls had requested passage to Sydney (indicating they could have had relatives there)? By 1859 Johanna was in Sydney, then Bathurst, then Rockley then Mount Victoria NSW. She ran a dairy farm there with her 10 children with mounted police trooper John Bentley ( who helped rescue all the Irish servant girls when the Nashwauk sunk just off landing in Adelaide in 1855). The rest of John Bentley's family remained in South Australia. Johanna (or Judith) and John moved from Kooringa (now named Burra) South Australia to Sydney in 1859! Names of children 1st Amelia (stillborn) then Thomas Friend then William Henry then Edward Henry then Amelia (survived) then James then John then Rosetta Anne then Elizabeth then George then Henry! All names are duplicates of John Bentley's siblings except for Amelia? I have not been able to locate Mary Shea b1833 Kilkenny who was onboard the Nashwauk with Johanna/Judith?

The following “Earl Grey” Mary Shea could be related to my Johanna!

Surname : Shea

First Name : Mary

Age on arrival : 17


Ship name : Elgin (Adelaide 12 Sep 1849)

Other : Possibly the girl named as Mary Sheahy, aged 27, who married David Mutton in 1862 at Redruth, Burra; 3 children located; died 1900 at Wallaroo Mines

The biographic index of South Australia had the following information about Mary!


SHEA Mary b: c1819 arr: 1849 ELGIN


SHEA Mary b: c1832 d: after 1850 arr: 1849 ELGIN

occ: Servant res: Adelaide rel: RC


This from the Biographical Index of South Australia

MUTTON David - Parents David and Elizabeth nee MAY. 

Born c 1836 Cambourne CON ENG. Died 20 Aug 1905 Wallaroo Mines SA. Buried at Kadina. Arrived 1857 TANTIVY .

0ccupation Miner. Lived at Burra, Wallaroo Mines. Religion Church of England.

Married 27 May 1862 Kooringa SA "Mary nee SHEAHY, parents Patrick. Born c1835 IRL" and died 10 Aug 1900 Wallaroo Mines SA.

Children - John [1863-1881] Mary Jane WEBB [1864-1937], Susan Ann [1866-], Julie [1869-] Emma [1871-1950].

I have not been able to locate Mary Mutton nee Sheahy b 1835 IRE

Johannah Shea b1838 Kilkenny to South Australia 1855 ship Nashwauk

Saturday 15th August 2020, 01:48AM

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  • Also a Nancy Duggan witnessed Johanna's marriage to John Bentley (alias Thomas Castle) in Kooringa South Australia in 1858.

    Also a Mary Coogan (of Kilkenny) lived in the same house as Johanna in Clarence Street in Sydney where Johanna had her first baby Amelia in 1859.

    Johannah Shea b1838 Kilkenny to South Australia 1855 ship Nashwauk

    Saturday 15th August 2020, 02:40AM