Rediscovering Ginninderra: A database:
Born: c. 1806; Died: 1845
In the 1828 census, Thomas Gallagher is recorded as a convict shepherd working at Palmer’s Ginninderra station.
Gallagher was an Irishman from Dublin, born around 1806. He had worked as a plasterer and slater before being convicted of housebreaking in July 1827. His transportation records report that he had scars on his left elbow and left cheek. He was able to read and write. Gallagher arrived on the Morley in 1827, sentenced to seven years.
Thomas Gallagher remained in the district. In the 1837 muster, he is recorded as living on the ‘Maneroo’. In 1840 he won a ticket of leave. At some stage he appears to have worked at Oaks Estate, where he was buried in 1845.
- Gillespie, L. L., Ginninderra: Forerunner to Canberra, Campbell, 1992
- Meyers D. (ed. K. Frawley), Lairds, Lags and Larrikins: an Early History of the Limestone Plains, Pearce, 2010
- 1828 NSW census and convict transportation records