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Patrick Brankin

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Patrick Brankin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1826
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 16th May, 1892
Age: 66 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Ireland, Armagh
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Elizabeth and Henry
Departure date: 15th February, 1845
Arrival date: 9th June, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 6 other convicts


Primary source: http://www.linc.tas.gov.au/
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D Wong on 28th September, 2014 wrote:

Patrick Brankin was born in County Armagh and was 18 years old on arrival in VDL. He was transported for “Stealing 16.3 from a house”.

Patrick was single, RC, could read a little, 5’5 ½” tall, ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, slightly freckled.

16/11/1846: Emerged from Gang (Port Cygnet).
10/7/1849: TOL
4/11/1851: Free Certificate

16/11/1851: Steerage passenger per ‘Shamrock’ Launceston to Melbourne.

185??: married Mary ??? and they had 5 children.

By 1858 he was in the Eaglehawk/Bendigo area and working at gold mining.

1863: was a gold miner at Napoleon Gully near Bendigo.

8/12/1865 Bendigo Advertiser:
NEGLECTED CHILDREN.-Thomas and Mary Brankin, aged respectively eight and seven years, were yesterday brought before the Eaglehawk Bench as neglected children. It appeared that the father, Patrick Brankin, is a miner residing in Sailor’s Gully, and owing to the brutal usage she was subjected to, his wife was obliged to leave him, taking with her two of the four children, the eldest and youngest. The remaining two, those brought before the Bench, were subsequently cruelty beaten by their father, and to save themselves fled from the house and hid in a hole in the gully, where they were found, one of them with its head severely cut from blows with a broomstick.  The children were remanded for a week, and a warrant was ordered to issue for the apprehension of Patrick Brankin. 

12/12/1865 Bendigo Advertiser:
Monday 11th December.

ASSAULT.-Mary Brankin, a child eight years of age, charged Patrick Brankin, her father, with violently assaulting her on the 6th current, at Sailor’s Gully.
Brankin was brought into court from gaol together with his three children-.Mary, aged eight years; Thomas, aged five years; and Margaret Jane,  aged three years.
Sergeant Richards said that several people had complained at the police station, Myers’ Flat of the cruel treatment these children were subjected to from their father, the prisoner. For several years he had treated his wife, who is a decent, industrious woman, most cruelly;  some time since she left him and took her two youngest children with her, and lived with her sister. The three children in court were left with the prisoner, their father, and were found wandering in the bush destitute. The eldest had a cut on her head.
The Bench examined the cut, and expressed their dissatisfaction at the treatment the child had
received from the medical attendant at the gaol, and in very strong language said the case would be inquired into.

Mary Brankin, eight years of age, said she did not know the nature of an oath, and had never heard of God. Her father beat her very often. She ran away into the bush ; when she returned home, her father beat her with a broom handle, broke it on her head, and cut her to the skull. She and her sister and brother went into the bush. Her father often left home leaving nothing in the house to eat, and came home drunk and beat them.

David Moorhead, of Sailor’s Gully, said he had often seen Mary Brankin lying in the bush with a bit of an old blanket covering her. He took her home on one occasion, and afterwards she came to him with a great cut on her head. He spoke to her father, who promised he would not treat her so again Wm Wylie, of Sailor’s Gully, said on Wednesday afternoon the child Mary Brankin came to his house; she was crying very much, and complained of a pain in her head. He took off her bonnet, and saw a large cut in her head; she said her father did it with a broom handle. He knew the poor children were wandering through the bush for two days and two nights. He never encouraged the children to com eabout his house, he had often told them to come in and get a bit of bread. The girl said her father had left, home for two days, but did not leave a bite in the house for them to eat; and always came home drunk.

Mounted-constable Lee said he found the children wandering in the bus and went to Brankin and told him that if he did not take the children home he would got into trouble.  Brankin said that on the 15th ult, he had a few words with his wife who took up a large stone and struck him on his nose, he complained to the police but no attention was paid to his complaint; he had switched the children three times on account of their going away.
The Bench ordered the children to be sent to the
Industrial school, and the father to prison for one month.

Before the Court broke up Mrs Brankin who had returned to Sailor’s Gully the previous night, was sent for by the Bench she pleaded hard that her husband should be liberated, and said if he would only give her a few shillings she would keep the five children, the Bench thought the gaol would do him good; she said she did not wish the children to be sent to Melbourne, but she was not able to keep them, but would get assistance from some friends. The Bench said as soon as Brankin was out of gaol an order will be made; for him to pay 20s per week for their support, if that was not paid he would be sent to gaol again.
The order to send the children to Melbourne was rescinded and they were discharged.

18/5/1892 The Argus, Melbourne:
BRANKIN.—On the 16th inst., at his late residence,  Princess-place, off Gordon place, Patrick Brankin,
aged 60 years, after a brief illness.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 28th September, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: http://www.linc.tas.gov.au/ (prev. ), firstname: Patrick, surname: Brankin, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1826, date of death: 16th May, 1892, gender: m, occupation, crime

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