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Can you help in search for my long-lost family?

I am looking for descendants of a Mary McPolan, or possibly Murphy, born in 1816, who was sentenced to seven years' transportation to Australia in 1843, aged 28, for the theft of three pigs.

Mary was convicted at Hillsborough, Co Down and sent to Grangegorman female prison, Dublin, in November 1843.

She had a daughter Catherine, aged six and a half years, who sailed with Mary on the Greenlaw in 1844 to Tasmania, Australia. The father of Catherine was named as Andrew Murphy. Mary had a brother Hugh McPolan who went to America.

Mary is my great, great, great, grandmother. I am keen to learn whether there may be any descendants of the McPolan or Murphy families.

I can be contacted at Gail Williamson, 9 Hastings Avenue, Mt Gambier, Sth Australia, 5290 or my email address is: gailand

G Williamson

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