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In Sorrow Without Shame

John Desmond (c. 1819-?)

A farm labourer from County Cork in Ireland, John Desmond was sentenced to transportation for ten years for stealing sheep. He arrived on the Samuel Boddington in 1846.
John served his probation at Rocky Hills Station on the east coast of Tasmania. Later he went to work for Henry Lyne at his Great Swanport property ‘Coombend’. Working at the neighbouring property ‘Apslawn’ for his master’s brother John Lyne was Annette Myers.
Despite his humble status and illiteracy, John formed a relationship with Annette, and they were married at ‘Apslawn’ in 1852. They appear to have remained in the district for a time, at least until the birth of their only child Francis William in 1854. Soon after they moved to Victoria, and John disappears from the record.

The treadmill at Rocky Hills on Tasmania’s East Coast, from the photographs and glass plate negatives collected by E R Pretyman, 1880 - 1920.
The treadmill at Rocky Hills on Tasmania’s East Coast, from the photographs and glass plate negatives collected by E R Pretyman, 1880 - 1920.

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