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Born: c. 1797; Died: 1882; Married: Caroline Purcell
John Casey was possibly the first bullocky servicing the Limestone Plains, including Ginninderra, in the late 1820s.
Casey was an Irish rebel, who had been transported to Australia in 1826 on the Sir Godfrey Webster. He was assigned to Joshua Moore and drove the bullock teams from Liverpool to Canberra, supplying the district.
He won his freedom by helping capture the bushranger, John Tennant, in 1828 in the party led by James Ainslie.
Casey became one of the early pioneers of the Tallagandra district to the north of Mulligans Flat.
John Casey died in 1882 and is buried in the Gundaroo Catholic Cemetery.
He is pictured in the photograph (c. 1870) with his wife, Caroline Purcell.
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