Pete, I've noticed your listings on the noticeboards on a few occasions and it appears that we are linked through the marriage of Bridget Heslin/Eslin to Robert Hobbs. Bridget came to Australia from Dublin on the Sugar Cane in 1793 and settled in the Pitt Town area of NSW. Reliable information that I have just been fortunate to acquire is that Bridget and her family were members of a gang of thieves who were involved in robbing the bleach greens in an area just outside of Dublin (Harlem, Lucan, Palmerstown) and that her father, Patrick Haslin was executed in Nov 1789 for this crime. The family had a long history in crime and the mother was mentioned (but no name) and living at Corn-market, their known children (also involved) were Patrick (transported to Australia per Boddingtons), John (fate unknown), Bridget (transported to Australia per Sugar Cane), Mary Hughes (transported to Australia per Sugar Cane), Thomas Hughes (fate unknown)- NOTE THE HUGHES CONNECTION - Michael Dooley (probably executed) and Joseph Kearns alias Dungan (transported to Australia per Sugar Cane). This information came as a result of an Australian researcher gathering information for her forthcoming book on the Sugar Cane and Boddingtons (Barbara Hall) and Barbara kindly sold this part of her research to me. I would love to learn your line from Bridget.
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