Cavanagh, Henry

Cavanagh, Henry

NLA Catalogue full record (as at April 17, 2009)

Henry Cavanagh at Port Arthur, Tasmania, 1874 [picture]
Henry Cavanagh at Port Arthur, Tasmania, 1874 [picture]
Date 1874.
Extent 1 albumen print : sepia toned; 10.5 x 6.5 cm.
Context Part of Convict portraits, Port Arthur, 1874 [picture]
Series * Convict portraits, Port Arthur, 1874.
Biography Henry Cavanagh was a convict at Port Arthur, Tasmania, 1874.
Notes Condition: Fair, some foxing.
Title devised by cataloguer.
“306 Henry Cavanagh Native Taken at Port Arthur 1874.”–In ink on verso.
Convicts confidential Gunson collection.
Part of collection: Convict portraits, Port Arthur, 1874.
NLA neg. 1998.
Also available in an electronic version via the Internet at:
* Cavanagh, Henry — Portraits.
* Convicts — Tasmania — Port Arthur — Portraits.
* Prisoners.
Bib id
Call number(s)
* P1029/76 LOC Album 935 *

Henry Cavanagh was not sent to Port Arthur, as the NLA Catalogue notes claim. His name does not appear in the House of Assembly Journals, Nominal Return of Prisoners sent to Port Arthur since its transfer to Colonial Government in 1871, tabled in Parliament on 11th June, 1873. He was discharged before that date, on the 14th June 1872 after sentencing of one month in Hobart, and arraigned in Launceston nine months later, on the 3rd September 1873. He was received at the Hobart Gaol, sentenced to 6 years, and photographed there on 17th September 1873 by Nevin.

The numbering on the verso of this carte, according to the NLA notes is “306”. This is an archivist’s number which could date from ca 1916 sourced from Beattie’s Museum, or from the 1960s with the Gunson Collection acquisition by the NLA, or from the 1930s when the QVMAG acquired Beattie’s Collection, or from the 1980s when the QVMAG copied and distributed more than 70 cartes to the NLA, AOT, TMAG etc.


Cavanagh discharged 14 June 1872

Henry Cavanagh, aged 19 yrs, arraigned 3 September 1873 and sentenced to 6 years for stealing a posted letter. He was admitted to the Hobart Gaol (Campbell St Gaol) and photographed by Nevin on 17th September 1873.