John Cunningham1

M, #327, b. 3 October 1814, d. 16 December 1857
FatherWilliam Cunningham2
MotherMargaret Sullivan2 b. 18 Aug 1792
Relationship2nd great-grandfather of Keith Graham Bassett
ChartsAncestors of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited10 Jan 2018
Baptism*3 October 1814 Cloyne, Cork, Ireland;
John Cunningham
Parents: Wm Cunningham & Margt Sullivan, Cloyne
Sponsors: John McCraith & Allicia Nason1 
Immigration*14 August 1840 "Lady Clarke", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
John Cunningham

Unmarried Male Immigrant

Arrived by the Ship: Lady Clarke
Brought out by: J Marshall
Native of: Cloyne - Co. of Cork - Son of William (Hatter) and Margaret his wife
Calling: Labourer
Age: 20 Years
Persons certifying Registry of Baptism: No certificate
Character, and Person certifying the same: John Kennifuh & Daniel Fenton both of Cloyne
State of bodily health, strength, and probable usefulness: Good
Religion: Roman Catholic
Remarks: reads and writes
No Complaint

To Agricultural Company3,4 
News-Arct*15 August 1840 "Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
Shipping Intelligence
LADY CLARKE, ship, 430 tons, Laurence, master, from Plymouth on the 20th April, and the Cape of Good Hope on the 7th July, with 203 bounty immigrants. Walker & Co., Agents. Passengers-Cabin - Messrs. McAlister, McLean, Thomson, Owen, Zemines, Rev. Mr. McKinnon, and Miss McAlister. Intermediate-Mr. Morgan and family, Mrs. Stockdale and family, Messrs. Middleton, and McDonald, News-This vessel has brought out 203 immigrants, besides their children, they consist of mechanics, agricultural labourers, shepherds. &c., &c., consigned to the house of Messrs. Walker and Co.; four births occurred during the voyage, one before reaching the Cape and three on Sunday last, no deaths took place on the voyage.
News-Arct5 October 1840 "The Sydney Herald", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
To the Editor of the Sydney Herald.
Sir,—I observe by your report of the debates in Council, that Mr James came forward to vindicate his employer, Mr Marshall, and the Attorney General to vindicate his countrymen against what they call the unfounded aspersions of the press, on the subject of Irish immigrants sent out in Mr. Marshall's bounty ships.
Now, Sir, in the investigation of this question I would recommend that the enquiries of the committee should be directed to one individual ship, let them take the last of Mr. Marshall's ships, the Lady Clarke, and let them take the evidence of the cabin passengers as to the character and general conduct during the passage of the Irish immigrants in that ship-both male and female. Let them call on the Rev. Mr. Thomson, now on his way to Port Phillip, and on Mr. Marsh nephew of Sir Francis Forbes, and who is, I believe, still at Sydney, to state what they know of these people, and, after having ascertained what their conduct has been on board ship, let them call on Captain King, the Commissioner of the Australian Agricultural Company, to state what their conduct has been on shore since they landed in this Colony.
After such an investigation I suspect neither the Attorney General nor Mr. James will have any ground to accuse the press of exaggeration as to the class of people shipped by Mr. Marshall from the South of Ireland. Besides, Sir, we do not want any Roman Catholic immigrants. We have quite enough among the convict population.
This is a Protestant Colony, and we wish to keep it so. We know enough of the horrible system of perjury, raping, and murder, which has devastated that beautiful country, Ireland, for centuries past; not to dread lest a similar system should at a future period be introduced here. I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
Marriage*9 November 1851 Bathurst, NSW, Australia;
I, John Cunningham do hereby declare that I am a Member of, or hold Communion with the Roman Catholic Church
I, Ellen Connell do hereby declare that I am a Member of, or hold Communion with the Roman Catholic Church
I, Jerome Keating of Bathurst Minister of Bathurst do hereby certify that
John Cunningham of Belleview
and Ellen Connell of Belleview
were joined together in wedlock by me, on the 9th day of November, 1851, at Bathurst
In the presence of
Michael O'Donnel, his mark of Bellview
Catherine Connell, her mark
John Cunningham
Ellen Connell, her mark;Bride=Ellen Connell7 
Birth of Daughter6 January 1852 Queen Charlotte's Vale, NSW, Australia;
Note - Queen Charlotte's Vale is now known as Perthville (12kms from Bathurst);Principal=Margaret Cunningham8 
Death of DaughterMay 1853 Queen Charlotte's Vale, NSW, Australia;Principal=Margaret Cunningham9,10 
Birth of Son15 June 1853 Queen Charlotte's Vale, NSW, Australia;
Note - Queen Charlotte's Vale is now known as Perthville (12kms from Bathurst);Principal=John Cunningham11 
Birth of Daughter22 February 1855 Caloola (near Bathurst), NSW, Australia;Principal=Margaret Cunningham12 
Birth of Son25 June 1857 Caloola (nr Bathurst), NSW, Australia;
Surname: Cunningham
Given names: Unknown (William added after registration)
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: 25th June, 1857
Place of Birth: Caloola

Parents of Child
Surname: Cunningham
Given names: John
Occupation: Shepherd
Age: 31 years
Place of birth: County Cork, Ireland
Surname: Connall
Given names: Ellen
Age: 21 years
Place of birth: born County Cork

Date of marriage: 1851
Place of marriage: Bathurst
Previous children of marriage: John 4, Margaret 2, 1 female deceased

Informant: John Cunningham, Father, (Shepherd) Caloola, County of Bathurst;Principal=William Cunningham13 
Death*16 December 1857 Caloola (nr Bathurst), NSW, Australia;
Name: John Cunninghame
Date of Death: 16/12/1857
Place: Caloola, near Bathurst NSW
Occupation: Shepherd
Sex: Male
Age: 31
Place of Birth: County Cork Ireland
Time in Aust Colonies: 17 years in NSW

Father: William Cunninghame
Occupation: Hat Maker
Mother: Margaret Sullivan

Place of Marriage: Bathurst NSW
Age at Marriage: 26
Name of Spouse: Ellen Connall
Children of Marriage: John 4, Margaret 2, William 5m living, 1 girl dead

Informant: Michl Kent (his mark), Ship mate, farmer, Wardell near Bathurst, certified by George Larna.... (remainder of surname caught in binding), farmer and grazier, tenant, Caloola near Bathurst

Cause of Death: Unspecified
Length of Illness:
Medical Attendant:
Date Last Seen:

Date of Burial: 18/12/1857
Place of Burial: Bathurst
Minister & Religion: J Phelan, Roman Catholic
Undertaker: Kerr and Rae
Witnesses: Michael Kent, Thomas Flood
Registered: 17/12/1857 Bathurst2 


Ellen Connell b. 18 Sep 1831, d. 25 Dec 1888


  1. [S1534] Susanna Russell, "Mallow Heritage Centre."
  2. [S1294] NSW Death Registration Transcription.
  3. [S1303] Passenger Ships arriving in Australasian Ports.
  4. [S1301] NSW Immigration Boards List.
  5. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online, Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser, Saturday, August 15, 1840.
  6. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online, The Sydney Herald, Monday, October 5, 1840.
  7. [S49] Marriage Certificate, John Cunningham & Ellen Connell.
  8. [S8] Bathurst Parish Records, baptism Margaret Cunningham 1852.
  9. [S17] Guess.
  10. [S8] Bathurst Parish Records, burial Margaret Cunningham 1853.
  11. [S8] Bathurst Parish Records, baptism John Cunningham 1853.
  12. [S8] Bathurst Parish Records, baptism Margaret Cunningham 1855.
  13. [S1304] NSW Birth Certificate.
  14. [S110] NSW Birth V1852561 69/1852 - Margaret Cunningham.
  15. [S8] Bathurst Parish Records.
  16. [S113] NSW Birth V18553018 72/1855 - Margaret Cunningham.