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Some History behind the Tellicherry

On Friday morning came in a fixed oar’d cutter belonging to the ship Tellicherry, with information that Captain Curzons, apprehending detention from contrary winds, had dispatched her from the Straits with advices to His EXCELENCY of his approach; and yesterday morning the ship entered the Heads, with 126 male, and 35 female convicts from Ireland, having only lost four men on the passage. In the evening 31 convalescents were brought on shore, and received into the General Hospital, all the others being in good health. The Tellicherry took her departure from the Cove of Cork the 31st of August last, and in her way touched at Madeira, where she remained three days, and left the Pitt,
also destined hither, with 200 female prisoners on board, from London.
Arrival of convict ship Tellicherry. Thomas Cuzens master
Convicts on the Tellicherry included Michael Dwyer, John Mernagh, Hugh Byrne, Martin Burke and Arthur Devlin who were granted permission ‘to banish themselves for life to NSW to avoid being brought to trial for treasonable practices.’
(HRA Vol V., p 841)
Historical Records of Australia
Series 1 Volume V p. 636
Governor King to Earl Camden
Sydney New South Wales 22nd February 1806
My Lord,
I have the honor to enclose the copy of a Dispatch I received from Mr. Secretary Marsden by the Tellicherry Transport, with my Answer thereto, for Your Lordship’s inspection previous to the latter being sent. It is true that, since the late insurrection in March 1804, there has been no seditious Appearances of any Consequence; And, from the attention bestowed in circumventing any designs of this Nature, I hope any attempt to repeat their Wild Schemes will be fully prevented. Still, I cannot conceal from Your Lordship that the Arrival of the five United Irishmen, who appear to have been considerable leaders in the late Rebellion in Ireland, without any conviction, added to the Number of the disaffected of that Class here already, will call forth the utmost attention of the Officers of this Colony. By the Tellicherry Your Lordship will observe that 125 male and 35 female convicts from Ireland were landed here in good health. Several of whom have been distributed among the Settlers.

Note that the newspaper report in the Gazette states that there were 34 females ob board)>

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