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Hi Listers,

I am only new to the list today.

I am descend from Bridget (Biddy) Madigan who was from the Tulla area.    She was born about 1836 to parents unknown.  

In her death notice it said she was the niece of Dean Henshee and Captain Bridgeman of County Clare.

She was in a Workhouse in Tulla at the age of about 16 and she was rounded up as a group of girls and women to be bought to Tasmania , Australia  in 1851 to be wives and servants for male convicts who had finished their time/sentence.   I presume that perhaps her parents were deceased and that she was alone in the world.

She was assigned to Samuel Dale because he had children to care for after  his wife had died.

Bridget married Samuel in 1856 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia and went on to produce 7 children as well as care for Samuel's other children.     I am descend from one of Samuel and Bridgets children.

Is there anyone on the list who can shed any light on this subject.

Cheers    Robin Walker (Mrs)  Tasmania, Australia



Monday 1st April 2013, 03:20AM

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    Hi Robin,

    Thank you for your message.

    I can not find any Tulla in Co. Down. However there is a Tulla civil parish in Co. Clare, and as Bridget?s uncles were in Co. Clare also perhaps this is the parish you should be looking for information in. I suggest that you join the Tulla parish page and post your message there. That way our volunteers in the area will able to see it and hopefully be able to advise or assist you. Here is a link to the Tulla page:

    Kind regards,

    Genealogy Support

    Emma Carty

    Monday 20th May 2013, 09:33AM