Irish Rebels to Australia
1800 - 1806
This database contains details of Irish convicts who were
transported to New South Wales in the period 1788 - 1849.
Rebel remnants of the 1798 and 1803 Irish Rebellions were
transported to NSW during the period 1800 - 1806.
The ships that these Rebels came in were:
The exact number of Rebels sent cannot be ascertained due to the
poor state of information on the Shipping Indents. Only the Minerva identifies
all her Rebels on board. The highest figure can be put at nearly 800 while the
lowest is conservatively placed around 325.
Following the demise of the 1798 and 1803 Irish Rebellions, a
number of the leaders and high-risk rebels were kept either in Kilmainham gaol
or in prison ships. The lucky ones were those that had been sent to North
Reprisals after the Rebellions caused great ill feeling
throughout the troubled lands of Insurrection Ireland. The government could not
contemplate releasing those martyrs of Irish freedom back to their native
These Rebel remnants were transported to New South Wales with
the hope that none would ever return. However a few did manage to accomplish