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Matthew Breen

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Matthew Breen
Aliases: Burns
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: James Laing
Departure date: 16th February, 1834
Arrival date: 29th June, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 49 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm
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Community Contributions

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.
19/10/1851: Absconded.

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.

5/8/1858: Hanged.

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)

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