My name is Heather Gillespie nee Yates and my gggrandmother was Catharine Shea (O'Shea)from Co. Tipperary. She was born in 1833, I think in Tipperary town and at the age of 19 was transported to Hobart Town in Tasmania for the crime of Larceny- stealing books. Her sentence was for 7 years and she was bonded to work as a dressmaker.She sailed on the Midlothian arriving on 24th Feb 1853. She married my gggrandfather John Yates (also a convict) from Staffordshire on 3rd Dec 1855 and they had 9 children(2 born in Tasmania) the rest in Newtown, Sydney,Australia. I think her father's name was Nicholas, mother Catherine and sister Bridget.

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