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Julia Salmon

Date of Birth: 
c 1817

Julia Salmon was born approximately 1817 in Killaloe, County Clare.

Her father was Patrick Salmon and mother Anne (nee Hewitt).

She arrived in Sydney on 30th August 1841 on the Adam Lodge as a bounty immigrant. Immigration records disclose that she was a farm servant, a Catholic, illiterate and under the protection of William Crotty. Family rumour suggests that Julia had a brother Patrick Salmon who had emigrated to the USA

She married the convict John Champley on 17th September 1842.

There is a very interesting book written by their descendant Peter Hinds - The Campbelltown convicts.  It details that in 1818, John was committed to the House of Correction in Beverley, Yorkshire, England for two years hard labour for stealing.  After an attempted escape, he was sentenced to transportation to one of his "Majesty's Plantations or Colonies abroad"  He was assigned to a shoemaker in Parramatta.  After receiving his freedom in May 1826, he left with the shoemaker's wife and eventually went to live in Bong Bong.  There was a robbery on a nearby estate and Champley and two alleged accomplices, Joseph Shelvey and John Yates were sentenced to death.  They were saved from the gallows upon appeal by their Irish barrister, Roger Therry.  Champley and Shelvey were sent to Norfolk Island and Yates to Moreton Bay.  Later two captured bushrangers confessed to the robbery and John and the others were pardoned. However, by this time, the trial and incarceration had reduced their lives from one of hope to despair.

By 1842, Champley's relationship with the shoemaker's wife had broken up and he married Julie Salmon.  "The Campbelltown Convicts" details his marriage to Julia Salmon and includes a chapter on their children.

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