Jane Gilligan (c. 1830-1894)
Jane Gilligan and Margaret Gilligan, sisters from Fermanagh in Northern Ireland were transported on the Duke of Cornwall, and arrived in October 1850. Although the sisters were transported together they hadn’t been tried together. Margaret was convicted for stealing a pair of shoes, whereas Jane was transported for vagrancy ‘having been three months on the town’.
Jane’s convict record is a clean slate. She was assigned to the Hamilton area. Six months after landing in Van Diemen’s Land, in April 1851 she married Thomas Squires, a free man and shepherd. The following year Sarah Anne Squires was born. The marriage of Jane Gilligan and Thomas Squires went on to produce nine children.
At the age of 62, Jane Squires (nee Gilligan) died of senile decay.