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life span was 61 years*
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Sentenced to 7 years
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D Wong on 15th July, 2013 wrote:
Matthew Breen/alias Burns was 15 years old and his native place was Dublin.
1837: Assigned to the A A Company Port Stephens
23/7/1840: Larceny - 2 years Iron Gang.
8/7/1842: Absconded from Newcastle Stockade 29th June 1842.
Matthew was then: 23 years old, 5’1” tall dark brown hair, blue to grey eyes, pugged nose, several scars left side, 2 scars back of right hand, tattoos.
29/7/1842: Apprehended after absconding from the Stockade at Newcastle in irons.
12/8/1842: Tried at Sydney QS for being at large with firearms - Life.
29/10/1842: Arrived VDL per Waterlily.
6/3/1844: Tried at Hobart Supreme Court for bushranging - to be hanged, commuted to life.
Removed to Norfolk Island.
Matthew was then: Waterman and Stonecutter, 24 years old , 5’9 1/4” tall with a ruddy complexion.
Conduct was: Stealing, lashes, insolence, burglary, having tobacco etc.,
27/6/1849: Petition to be removed to Port Arthur.
16/8/1850: Arrived VDL from Norfolk Island.
11/7/1851: Launceston PB.
NB: There were 2 Matthew Burns in VDL at the same time, 2nd one arrived per Duke of Richmond 1844.
I can’t tell which one this is so I add it under advisement: 8/7/1858, Launceston Examiner - Matthew Burns found guilty of rape of a 3 year old Eliza McDonald at Avoca, sentenced to death.
Convict Changes History
D Wong on 15th July, 2013 made the following changes:
convicted at, term 7 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1819, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime
D Wong on 16th July, 2013 made the following changes:
firstname Matthew (prev. Breen), surname Breen (prev. Matthew)