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Michael Ahern

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael Ahern
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1778
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Political prisoner
Convicted at: Ireland. Limerick
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Atlas
Departure date: 29th November, 1801
Arrival date: 7th July, 1802
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


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Community Contributions

Eric Harry Daly on 27th December, 2012 wrote:

For Imformation regarding Conviction refer to Murtagh Ahern in this data base.

AHERNE, Michael. Per “Atlas”, Jul 1802

1818 Sep 10

Of Parramatta. On list of persons to receive grants of land in 1818. Listed as Heron (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.47)

1824 Oct 20

Appointed as constable in the District of Holdsworthy (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.279)

1825 Mar 9

On list of persons applying for Government servants; listed as Heron (Reel 6063; 4/1785 p.144a)

1825 May 28

District Constable at Holdsworthy. On return of constables in Liverpool and adjoining districts (Fiche 3302; 4/7419.1 p.14)

Robin Sharkey on 29th November, 2016 wrote:

Four Ahern brothers were tried in June 1801 for rebellious practices.  They had first been removed (presumably from Limerick) to Dublin by writ of Habeas Corpus. Then they were returned from Dublin to Limerick on Wednesday 2nd June 1800, by a military escort and lodged in the provost prison there, in order to be tried by a General Court Martial, for rebellious practices.  (Court Martials had been introduced to try people engaged in rebellious activities in the aftermath of the 1798 rebellion).

The Ahern brothers were John, Mathias, Michael (aged abt 24 yrs) and Mortagh who was only abt 18 years. Also sent back from Dublin to Limerick with them were John Byrne, James Byrne and James Carvey.  (Freemans Journal 1763-1924, Sunday, June 6, 1801; Page: 3).

But the only men recorded as being transported to Australia were John, Michael and Murtagh Ahern.  Brother Mathias is not recorded as having been boarded with them. Nor is he recorded in the newspaper as having been sent to Cork with them to depart:

Freemans Journal 1763-1924, Tuesday, June 23, 1801; Page: 4
“LIMERICK, June 20th
Thursday last, John Ahern, Mich. Ahern and Mort. Ahern, and Thomas Browne were sent to Cork to be transported pursuant to the sentence of the Court-martial.”

Mathias may have been found not guilty (perhaps he was the youngest and was shown leniency?), or to have been drafted into the army or navy instead.

What was their crime? Not spelled out.

(See full details by Eric Daly under the ‘Atlas’ entry for Murtagh Ahern).
The four boys may have been involved as part of the crowd assembled in March 1800 at which their father Murtagh Ahern senior was later found guilty of the murder of five Boland men in the one family after John Boland senior, who was the tithe proctor, got an order in the civil court for recovery of tithes against one Patrick Ahern and sold Pat Ahern’s cow to recover the tithes.

Ahern was described as a very poor man with a large family. No doubt he was a close relative (brother perhaps?) of Murtagh Ahern senior.  In March a great number of men attacked Boland’s house, found to have been led by Murtagh Ahern Senior. Inside were Boland’s brother James and sons James & Matthew as well as his wife and two daughters. The thatched house was set fire to. John senior, James senior and Matthew & James were killed as was another brother/uncle Edward coming to assist them.  See THE LIMERICK CHRONICLE.
Wednesday 12th March 1800.

Murtagh Ahern Senior, father of the four Ahern brothers, was not found guilty until March in 1803 - three years after the crime against the Bolands. (LIMERICK CRONICLE:
Saturday, 12th March 1803. Re: The Bolands Murder of 7th March 1800. )

His sons by then had long left as convicts on “Atlas” and had arrived in NSW in July 1802.

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 26th December, 2012 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 99 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1778, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

Eric Harry Daly on 27th December, 2012 made the following changes:


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