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Martin Grady

Martin Grady was born in Dunmoylan, Limerick Co.Ireland which is located near Shanogolden, on the Shamnon River. The Irish name for Dunmoylan is Du'n Maolin. Martin was 23 years old, 6ft 1in tall, dark brown hair when he was convicted with his brother John Grady at Special Commission in County Limerick, Ireland for Seizing Arms in 1821. They were both sentenced to hang but received a reprieve and sentenced to transportation for life to the Colony of New South Wales.


They left Cork on the 21st June 1822 on the ship "Mangles 2” which arrived at Port Jackson on the 8 November 1822 taking 140 days. 191 men embarked and 190 arrived in Port Jackson. Ships Master was John Cogill and the Surgeon was Matt Anderson. The Master John Coghill in 1820 was part owner of the Mangles and in 1822 only transported male convicts, also in 1822 Captain John Coghill received a land grant at Wingecarribee near Berrima he then sold his share of the Mangle in 1826 and bought Braidwood farm.

On arrival Martin and his brother John were sent up river to Parramatta. Both Martin & his brother John were assigned to William Howe Esq. at Upper Minto on the outskirts of present day Sydney.

Martin appears in General Musters list of NSW 1823/24/25 as Government Servant to Mr Badgery at Bringally.Ref 22760 page 221

Appears in Col. Sec Correspondence 1788-1825 as follows :
1. On list of convicts landed from "Mangles" and forwarded to Upper Minto for distribution (reel 6009:4/3506 p431)
2. On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290:4/4570D p.473
3. On return of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains, to Mr Badgery, listed as Gready (reel 6028; 2/8283 p.187)

In the 1828 Census Martin appears as Government Servant, Catholic, Occupation Ploughman age 30 assigned to Andrew Badgery, place Cabramatta.


Martin was granted his Conditional Pardon No 200. 28th February 1834.

Martin Grady was publican of the hotel (Public House) The Cottage of Content at Larbert near Braidwood
1855 (Lic No 1237)
1856 (Lic No Tr/Gr)
1856 ( Lic No 1237)
1857 (Lic No 80 )

Martin is again mentioned on the 1841 Census Roll 2222., Mangarlo, Parish St Vincent District Braidwood Item ID x 946 page 71 (Martin, Mary, Catherine & brother John Grady)

Government Gazette 1852 page 1681 : Results of the Sale of Land held by Auction Martin Grady received four pound for Town Land at Larbert Town

Goulburn Herald 2 May 1858 page 2 died - At Larbert on the 30th April, Mr Martin Grady of "The Cottage of Content" aged 62.
Martin married Mary Knight 08 Feb 1835 at St Luke's C of E Liverpool NSW. They had nine children before Mary’s untimely death in 1853.

Submitted by : Kerrie Metcalfe, Member WFHG, 21 April 2008

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