Sub-series 9 - Apprenticeship Indentures

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Apprenticeship Indentures


  • 1861-1901 (Creation)

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Thomas Sheehy (1840-1913) was a solicitor, barrister and proctor of Collins Street, Hobart. He was a younger son of John and Ellen Sheehy of Hobart and in 1860 was articled to his brother Stephen (d. 1879), a solicitor, and was admitted in 1865.
As a member of a leading Catholic family and brother of a priest, Thomas Sheehy had many Catholics among his clients. His business records include a letter book, diaries noting consultations and actions taken, drafts of documents, notes and apprenticeship indentures.

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Draft and some printed and signed indentures (some having been annotated and re-used as a draft indenture for another apprentice). A parent or guardian (the father or stepfather unless the mother was a widow) was always the first party to the agreement for apprenticeship of a minor (under 21), but for clarity the list gives the name of the apprentice with a note "son of" etc. The age of a minor is recorded, the average being 15 or 15-18, a few (noted in the list) were 13-14. Most apprenticeships were for a term of 5 years, a few longer and occasionally shorter.

Names of apprentices in alphabetical order (some indentures include a draft of another indenture):

  1. William Aldridge, son of Mary Aldridge to Jeremiah Coffey, boot closer 1878
  2. John Alexander, son of Hannah, to William Golding, watchmaker & jeweller 1876
  3. Mary Ann Argee to Julius Carl Hubert Koeppen, dressmaker, machinist 1879, daughter of Joseph Argee, baker.
  4. William Bollow, stonemason to Thomas Augustus Reynolds, builder 1883, 2 years as stonemason and bricklayer.
  5. Andrew Crawford, son of John Crawford to Henry Cook, tailor 1887
  6. John Graham Dart, son of Sarah to William Golding, watchmaker & jeweller 1886
  7. John Douglas Davidson, son of Ann to Patrick Cronly, carpenter & joiner 1878 (draft on copy of 31)
  8. Michael Dillon, son of John Dillon to Patrick Cronly, stonemason 1881
  9. Amebe Driver, daughter of Peter Driver to John Carl Hubert Koeppen 1876, age 16, dessmaker, machinist.
  10. Sarah Jane & Elizabeth Emery 1890, daughters of Mary Emery, widow of Oatlands to J.C.H. & Louisa Marie Alexandrina Koeppen, dressmaker.
  11. Charles Ford to Patrick Cronly, stonemason 1875, age 14, son of ? Ford, widow.
  12. Frederick Garrod to Joseph Edwards & Joshua Moore, wheelwright 1877, age 14, brother of Robert Garrod.
  13. Thomas Gibbons to Henry Cook, junior tailor 1889, son of Henry Gibbons, carpenter.
    18, 24. Lousia Grainger to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker & machinist 1877, age 13, daughter of Thomas Grainger, licensed victualler. See also 51 for draft - L.G. to be instructed by Louisa Marie Alexandrina, wife of J.C.H.K.
  14. Elizabeth Guy to Margaret Hopson, milliner and dressmaker 1865, age 16, stepdaughter of Thomas Riley, apprenticed for 2 years to Margaret, wife of Francis Hopson. Also letter on unsatisfactory conduct.
  15. Charles Hamilton to James Harris & James Henry Ward, cabinet makers 1875, son of Thomas Hamilton.
  16. Maria Hardisty, daughter of Charlotte Hardisty to J.C.H. Koeppen, machinist 1877
  17. Alice Hargraves to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker & machinist 1879, daughter of John Hargraves, carpenter.
  18. William Harper to Henry Cook, tailor 1889, son of John Harper of New Town, milkman.
  19. Mary Ann Harris to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker & machinist 1878, daughter of Samuel Harris of Hobart, blacksmith.
  20. William Harvey to John Holdcroft & William McDonald 1867, son of William Harvey, licensed victualler of Green Ponds, apprenticed to J.H. and W.M. farm implement makers.
  21. William Hawkesford to Arthur P. Walker, bootmaker 1874, son of Abraham Hawkesford, of Hobart, mariner.
  22. Emily Ann Johnson to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker 1881, age 13, daughter of Elizabeth Johnson, widow (see also 34)
  23. Mary Ann Kilroy to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker & machinist 1880, sister of William Kilroy of Hobart, boot & shoe maker.
  24. Catherine Larkins to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker & machinist 1877, age 13, daughter of Thomas Larkins.
  25. James Leahey, stonemason to Patrick Cronly, stonemason & bricklayer 1878
  26. John Leahey, son of James Leahey, baker, to Patrick Cronly, stonemason 1876
  27. Daniel Leary, son of Margaret Leary to Patrick Cronly, stonemason 1881
  28. Margaret Leary to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker & machinist 1882, age 18, daughter of Margaret Leary, widow.
  29. Frederick Thomas William Lewis to Clifford W. Chatterton, boot, shoemaker 1875, son of Frederick Wiliam Lewis, tailor, of Hobart.
  30. Augustus McGlosson to Patrick Bolgar, boot & shoemaker 1861
  31. John Michael McKay to Owen Coyle, baker of Sandy Bay 1877
  32. Edwin Mance, son of Julia Mance to Patrick Cronly, stonemason 1876
  33. Mary Ann Mullen to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker & machinist 1881, daughter of Patrick Mullen.
  34. Agnes Munn to J.C.H. Koeppen, plain & fancy work 1885, stepdaughter of James Matches, for 1 year.
  35. Edward O'Brien to James O'Brien, boot & shoemaker of Hobart 1872, son of Thomas O'Brien, of Snug, farmer.
  36. Thomas Walter Petterd to William Frederick Petterd 1878, age 18, brother in law of Thomas Augustus Reynolds of Hobart, bricklayer, apprenticed as undertaker & carpenter.
  37. William Purcell to Edward Maher, plumber, painter & glazier 1877, son of Edward Purcell.
  38. Percy Reid Osmund Ray to Henry Cook junior, tailor 1890
  39. Emma Rose, daughter of Theresa Rose, widow, to J. Bidencope, tailor 1901
  40. John Ryan to Edward Drake, chemist & druggist 1881, son of Patrick Ryan, shoemaker of Hobart.
  41. Edwin Ernest Sargeant to William Golding, watchmaker 1878
  42. Henry Sharp to Henry Cook, tailor 1886, son of John Sharp, dentist of Hobart.
  43. William Sims to John Cronly, painter 1889, son of Jane Eliza Sims, widow.
  44. Henry Smith to Joseph Bidencope, tailor & draper 1879, age 13, ward of Charles Miller, boat builder, for 8 years.
  45. Clara Stewart to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker & machinist 1881
  46. Thomas Tilyard to Thomas Augustus Reynolds, builder 1882, stepson of Moses Lyons, bootmaker.
  47. John Trewhella to Edward Maher, plumber, painter, glazier 1877, son of John Grenfell Trewhella, painter of Hobart.
  48. Stephen Varian to James Cuthbertson, boot & shoemaker of Hobart 1878, age 17, son of Ellen Varian of Campbell Town, widow.
  49. Richard William Walker to Frances Monk, widow 1876, son of Richard Walker, police constable, as wheelwright & carriage maker (note only)
  50. Stanley James Salter Wilbram to John Cronly 1876, age 14, son of Charles Wilbram, as painter, paperhanger, glazier (note only)
  51. Frances Wells to J.C.H. Koeppen, dressmaker & machinist 1877, daughter of John Wells of Sorell, storekeeper.
  52. James Wells to Patrick Cronly, stonemason 1883, son of John Wells, storekeeper of Sorell.
  53. Susan Annie Wigmore to J.C.H. Koeppen, machinist and wife L.M.A.K. 1876, daughter of Joseph Shirer Wigmore.
  54. Henry Willing to Edward Maher, painter, glazier, plumber 1866, son of Richard Willing, butcher of Hobart.
  55. Form of indenture of apprenticeship 1884. Form for indenture of apprenticeship for the Governors of St. Joseph's Orphanage & Industrial School, proof & printed copy.

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