JOHN READY AND THE THREE BEES

Governor Macquarie wrote:

The Three Bees, commanded by Captn. John Wallis, arrived on the 6th inst. with two hundred and ten male Convicts, out of 219 originally embarked, the other nine having died on the passage; and out of those landed, it has been necessary to Send fifty five to the Hospital many of them being much affected with Scurvy and others labouring under various complaints. On enquiring into the cause of this mortality and sickness, it appeared that many of them had been embarked in a bad state of health, and not a few infirm from lameness and old age. I am happy in being enabled to state that the Convicts by the Catherine and the Three Bees have, without a Single Exception, borne grateful Testimony to their having been treated with the most unremitting care, Attention, and kindness, by the Masters and Surgeons of those Vessels, from the day of their Embarkation until they were finally landed here. The circumstance of several of those unfortunate men being embarked in a diseased or feeble State will, I trust, shew (sic) the necessity for greater attention being paid to the state of the Health of the Convicts, who are to be embarked in future, which I have much reason to believe has not been so fully attended to by the Examining Surgeons as Humanity demands

Despatch No.8 of 1814 from Governor Macquarie to Earl Bathurst, dated Sydney, NSW, 24 May 1814

ACK WITH THANKS : From Philip Ready’s READY OR NOT.

JOHN READY c 1790-1831

John Ready was born circa 1790 to ? Ready and Johannah nee Cavenagh in the ancient town of Limerick ,constructed during the 9th century on the shore of the River Shannon which flowed through South Western Ireland into the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing is known about John’s childhood  but when he was arrested at the age of twenty two he was a tall sandy haired young man with hazel eyes and a fair complexion working as a garden labourer.

John was tried along with John Morgan a forty year old shoemaker from from Tipperary , at the assizes in County Tippery ? in August 1812, for the numerous felonies which they had committed together. Found guilty, each was sentenced to 14 years transportation to New South Wales and were moved to Cork to await their ship.

It was 13 months before the transport THE THREE BEES built and launched at Bridgewater earlier that year and on her maiden voyage arrived at Cork on a sultry  Wednesday in the early Autumn of 1813. She had taken her first convicts at Canal Docks in Dublin on ThThe ursday August 26th and now on September 22nd was to take on the rest of her compliment. The small prison hold was very crowded and John, standing 5’10 1/2 ” tall would have found it particularly cramped as those over 5′ in height were unable to stand upright.

Thirty five days later on Wednesday 27th October 1813, the THREE BEES sailed out of Cork harbour to join a convoy at Falmouth England. There she waited for another five weeks with the temperature plummeting  as Autumn turned to Winter. Some of the prisoners were suffering severely for they had been aboard in their tiny prison for over three months but , coming from hardy stock, as they did, there were very few among them sick when she sailed on Sunday 5th December 1813 for Rio de Janeiro.

Stormy weather during the voyage meant that the prisoners were often not allowed to go on deck and the conditions in the crowded prison were terrible for many of the prisoners suffered from sea sickness. The stench from this, from their unwashed bodies and body wastes were very hard to bear.

At Rio having crossed the Equator, it was Summer and extremely hot but the prisoners were quite freely allowed on deck with the prison temperatures  dropping six to eight degrees when the prisoners were all out. One man died of fever but when the ship sailed on Thursday 17 Feb 1814 there were very few sick among them.

Ten days later after leaving Rio the lookout sighted a strange ship. Worried that they might be attacked Captain John Wallis ordered the convicts’ bedding to be brought on deck to forma  barricade. A sudden downpour of rain soaked the bedding and they found it impossible to get it dry before nightfall ( The Convict Ships – Bateson)

(Both the Broxbornebury and Surrey I were in the fleet which originally set out. http://melindakendall.wordpress.com/  An ancestor of Janice Maurice- Hugh Kennedy – was also on the THREE BEES . His daughter Elizabeth Kennedy married John Taylor one of whose descendants married Agnes Sanders
Hugh Kennedy born about 1768 was indicted for having in his custody at Belfast on August 1812 a counterfeit Bank of Ireland note for one pound two shillings and ninepence knowing it to be forged transported for 14 years age 44 occupation weaver.
The Three Bees only made one voyage after her arrival in 1814 she caught fire near Government wharf and exploded in the harbour then drifted onto the rocks at Bennelong point where she burnt to the water line.
Hugh died in march 1843 he owned land in Grose Street Parramatta.
)

The prisoners were advised not to use their damp bedding but rather than sleep on the bare boards most chose to ignore the warning.  Scurvy broke out and seven prisoners died due to their weakened state and lack of fresh fruit and vegetables.

On the THREE BEES’ arrival in Sydney on Friday 26 May 1814 fifty five of the remaining one hundred and twenty one prisoners were taken to  hospital. Many of these were affected by scurvy and some with other complaints. Contrary to the earlier on their state of health on embarkation. “on enquiry  it was claimed that many had embarked in a bad state of health and that not a few were infirm from lameness or old age. but all bore grateful testimony  to having been treated with unremitting care,attention and kindness from the time of their embarkation to landing” . (HRA Series I Vol 8.P.)

John then is sent to Windsor where his convict mother Johannah Ready nee Cavanagh –  is housekeeper at Government House.

 

RELATIONSHIPS OF  JOHN READY

Individual    Relationship    Steps
JOHN READY    JOHN READY is the home person    0
PETER MARK READY    PETER MARK READY is a son of JOHN READY    1
READY    READY is the father of JOHN READY    1
JOHANNAH CAVANAGH    JOHANNAH CAVANAGH is the mother of JOHN READY    1
ELIZABETH CURTIS    ELIZABETH CURTIS is the wife of JOHN READY    1
PETER ( GEORGE) READY    PETER ( GEORGE) READY is a grandson of JOHN READY    2
SARAH ANN BENSON    SARAH ANN BENSON is a daughter-in-law of JOHN READY (the wife of his son)    2
FRANCIS PRENDERGAST    FRANCIS PRENDERGAST is the step-father of JOHN READY    2
JOHN CURTIS    JOHN CURTIS is the father-in-law of JOHN READY    2
ANN MORAN    ANN MORAN is the mother-in-law of JOHN READY    2
THOMAS HOGAN    THOMAS HOGAN married the same woman as JOHN READY    2
JESSIE SARAH READY    JESSIE SARAH READY is a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    3
JULIA JACKSON    JULIA JACKSON is the wife of a grandson of JOHN READY    3
THOMAS BENSON    THOMAS BENSON is an in-law of JOHN READY    3
HANNAH HUTCHINS    HANNAH HUTCHINS is an in-law of JOHN READY    3
GEORGE MOORE JNR    GEORGE MOORE JNR is the husband of a daughter-in-law of JOHN READY    3
JOSHUA CURTIS    JOSHUA CURTIS is a half-brother of the wife of JOHN READY    3
FRANCIS CURTIS    FRANCIS CURTIS is a half-brother of the wife of JOHN READY    3
WILLIAM CURTIS    WILLIAM CURTIS is a half-brother of the wife of JOHN READY    3
BENJAMIN CURTIS    BENJAMIN CURTIS is a half-brother of the wife of JOHN READY    3
THOMAS CURTIS    THOMAS CURTIS is a half-brother of the wife of JOHN READY    3
WILLIAM CURTIS    WILLIAM CURTIS is a half-brother of the wife of JOHN READY    3
JOHN CURTIS    JOHN CURTIS is a half-brother of the wife of JOHN READY    3
CHARLOTTE CURTIS    CHARLOTTE CURTIS is a half-sister of the wife of JOHN READY    3
ANN CURTIS    ANN CURTIS is a half-sister of the wife of JOHN READY    3
SARAH CURTIS    SARAH CURTIS is a half-sister of the wife of JOHN READY    3
ELIZABETH CURTIS    ELIZABETH CURTIS is a half-sister of the wife of JOHN READY    3
CURTIS    CURTIS is a direct descendant of the father-in-law of JOHN READY    3
JANE PURRIER    JANE PURRIER is the step-mother of the wife of JOHN READY    3
JACK BELL    JACK BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (4 generations; great-great-grandson)    4
JEAN BELL    JEAN BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (4 generations; great-great-granddaughter)    4
BETTY BELL    BETTY BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (4 generations; great-great-granddaughter)    4
JOYCE BELL    JOYCE BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (4 generations; great-great-granddaughter)    4
WILLIAM ALLEN BELL    WILLIAM ALLEN BELL is the husband of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    4
WILLIAM BELU JACKSON    WILLIAM BELU JACKSON is an in-law of a son of JOHN READY    4
ELIZABETH JOHNSON    ELIZABETH JOHNSON is an in-law of a son of JOHN READY    4
WILLIAM JACKSON    WILLIAM JACKSON is a brother of a daughter-in-law of a son of JOHN READY    4
SARAH A JACKSON    SARAH A JACKSON is a sister of a daughter-in-law of a son of JOHN READY    4
JACKSON    JACKSON is a sister of a daughter-in-law of a son of JOHN READY    4
HENRY SAMUELS    HENRY SAMUELS is the husband of an in-law of JOHN READY    4
ANTHONY BELL    ANTHONY BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-grandson)    5
MICHAEL BELL    MICHAEL BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-grandson)    5
PETER BELL    PETER BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-grandson)    5
MARGARET BELL    MARGARET BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
CAROLINE BELL    CAROLINE BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
JULIE BELL    JULIE BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
NITA SAVAGE    NITA SAVAGE is the wife of a direct descendant of JOHN READY    5
DAVID BURTON    DAVID BURTON is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-grandson)    5
ROSS CARTER    ROSS CARTER is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-grandson)    5
NEVILLE JOHN CARTER    NEVILLE JOHN CARTER is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-grandson)    5
KEITH DUIST CARTER    KEITH DUIST CARTER is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-grandson)    5
JON SANDERS    JON SANDERS is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-grandson)    5
LYNNE SANDERS    LYNNE SANDERS is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
CHERYL BURTON    CHERYL BURTON is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
SUSAN SANDERS    SUSAN SANDERS is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
JANINE CARTER    JANINE CARTER is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
WILLIAM DUIST CARTER    WILLIAM DUIST CARTER is the husband of a direct descendant of JOHN READY    5
ALFRED ROY BURTON    ALFRED ROY BURTON is the husband of a direct descendant of JOHN READY    5
BRUCE SANDERS    BRUCE SANDERS is the husband of a direct descendant of JOHN READY    5
JOHN BELL    JOHN BELL is the father-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
MARY ANN MCNEIL    MARY ANN MCNEIL is the mother-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
NORMAN BELL    NORMAN BELL is a brother-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
LESLIE  D.R. BELL    LESLIE  D.R. BELL is a brother-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
JAMES A BELL    JAMES A BELL is a brother-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
ROY MCNEIL BELL    ROY MCNEIL BELL is a brother-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
MARY HENRIETTA BELL    MARY HENRIETTA BELL is a sister-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
WILHELMINA ELIZABETH BELL    WILHELMINA ELIZABETH BELL is a sister-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
JANET BELL    JANET BELL is a sister-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
ANNE MCLEOD BELL    ANNE MCLEOD BELL is a sister-in-law of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    5
MATTHEW CARTER    MATTHEW CARTER is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (6 generations; great-great-great-great-grandson)    6
DIONE CARTER    DIONE CARTER is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (6 generations; great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    6

JIM ROBERT BRAITHWAITE    JIM ROBERT BRAITHWAITE is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (6 generations; great-great-great-great-grandson)    6
BENJAMIN POMROY    BENJAMIN POMROY is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (6 generations; great-great-great-great-grandson)    6
JOSEFINE DEWBERRY    JOSEFINE DEWBERRY is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (6 generations; great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    6
CASSANDRA POMROY    CASSANDRA POMROY is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (6 generations; great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    6
KATI BRAITHWAITE    KATI BRAITHWAITE is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (6 generations; great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    6

MARK POMROY    MARK POMROY is the husband of a direct descendant of JOHN READY    6

JOHN GEORGE SANDERS    JOHN GEORGE SANDERS is the father-in-law of a direct descendant of JOHN READY    6
ELIZABETH CRAIG    ELIZABETH CRAIG is the mother-in-law of a direct descendant of JOHN READY    6
JAMES BELL    JAMES BELL is a grandfather of the husband of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    6
WILHELMINA MCLEOD    WILHELMINA MCLEOD is a grandmother of the husband of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    6
NORMAN BELL    NORMAN BELL is an uncle of the husband of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    6
GARY BELL    GARY BELL is a nephew of the husband of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    6
ELAINE JOY BELL    ELAINE JOY BELL is a niece of the husband of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    6
MARGARET SWAN    MARGARET SWAN is a sister-in-law of the husband of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    6
THOMAS R MCLENNAN    THOMAS R MCLENNAN is a brother-in-law of the husband of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    6
STANLEY WITCHARD    STANLEY WITCHARD is a brother-in-law of the husband of a great-granddaughter of JOHN READY    6

MADELINE POPPY BRAITHWAITE    MADELINE POPPY BRAITHWAITE is a direct descendant of JOHN READY (7 generations; great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    7

JOLENE MACDONALD    JOLENE MACDONALD is the wife of a direct descendant of JOHN READY    7
JAI GAMBLING    JAI GAMBLING is the husband of a direct descendant of JOHN READY    7

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8 thoughts on “JOHN READY AND THE THREE BEES”

  1. Hi Lynne Well what do you know I have a relative who was also on the Three Bees Hugh Kennedy whos daughter Elizabeth Kennedy married John Taylor.
    Hugh Kennedy born about 1768 was indicted for having in his custody at Belfast on August 1812 a counterfeit Bank of Ireland note for one pound two shillings and ninepence knowing it to be forged transported for 14 years age 44 occupation weaver.
    The Three Bees only made one voyage after her arrival in 1814 she caught fire near Government wharf and exploded in the harbour then drifted onto the rocks at Bennalong point where she burnt to the water line.
    Hugh died in march 1843 he owned land in Grose Street Parramatta

    1. Janice, I was just messing around on google to see if I could find out more about my ancestor (and obviously yours too) Hugh Kennedy and came across your July 2008 comment. I have the same information as you about his origins from a small book called Innesfail to Innesfel lput together some years ago by family in Wagga. Do you have other information on Hugh and his descendants?

  2. Hi Jan. I am beginning to expect the unexpected. In the research I am doing for Izzy for his PhD on Melinda Kendall, Melinda’s mother JUDITH and Melindas three siblings came free on the Broxbornebury and her father Patrick as a convicted deserter on the Surrey I in 1814. That was what had me digging out my family stuff because the dates were familiar. As it is they all sailed in the same fleet and now Hugh as well. But it is was looking for Patrick McNally and Judith for that research which set me off on this trail of family again. I just received more information about Frederick John’s wife Lucy Jane’s family THE HURRELLS which I had not seen before.( thans to Barb Miller) . Two of Blackberry Bill’s sons married Hurrell girls.
    Yrs Lynne.

  3. Am trying to findout about William Pantony and how he became connected with “Pantony’s Crown Caperty Vally NSW”

  4. What a wonderful find. It has filled out names into people altho it doesn’t continue my branch past Peter Mark Ready and Sarah Ann Benson. They were my great great grandparents,by way of their daughter Elizabeth Hannah,who married John James Smith (aka Thomas Smith).Their daughter Mabel Mildred lambert was my grandmother. She married Frederick Eager Lambert , my father Donald Caitcheon Eager Lambert was their elder son.

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