William O’Reilly (1766–1792)

WILLIAM O’REILLY was an Irish convict who was tried and convicted at County Kildare, Ireland and sentenced to be hanged in 1790 for escaping from gaol and counterfeiting. His death sentence was pardoned on condition of him being transported for life. O’REILLY arrived with the Third Fleet per Queen 1791) on 26 September 1791 but did not survive long in the colony. He was buried in an unmarked grave at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta just four months later on 30 January 1792 as “WILLIAM O’RILEY, Convict” [sic].


  • Alternate: WILLIAM O’RILEY (c.f. burial record)

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


Primary Sources

  • New South Wales Government,  Indents First Fleet, Second Fleet and Ships, Series: NRS 1150; Item: [SZ115]; Microfiche: 622, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

Secondary Sources


# Third Fleet

# Convict

# Irish

# Trial Place: County Kildare, Ireland

# Sentence: Death (commuted)

# Punishment: Transportation for Life

# Ship: Queen (1791)

# Burial year: 1792

# Grave: unmarked

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