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Rediscovering Ginninderra:
John Heley

Born: c. 1805

Twenty-year-old John Heley (sometimes 'Hurley', or 'Haley') arrived aboard the Mangles in 1825 to serve out a seven-year sentence for sheep stealing in Cork, Ireland. At Ginninderra in the 1828 census he is recorded as working as a shepherd for Palmer.

According to his 1833 certificate of freedom, Heley was a Jersey islander who was laboring at the time of his conviction. He is described as tall, with a gap between his two front teeth and a crucifix, stars and initials tattooed on his arms and hands.

Nothing more is known about him.


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