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Nicholas Coyne

Nicholas Coyne, one of 399 convicts transported on the Moffatt, 05 May 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Nicholas Coyne
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1851
Age: 39 years

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: Stealing
Convicted at: York. Leeds Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Moffatt
Departure date: 5th May, 1836
Arrival date: 31st August, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 400 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 275 (140)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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D Wong on 29th April, 2014 wrote:

Nicholas Coyne was 14 years old on arrival in NSW and was transported for ‘stealing iron’.  His native place was Dublin.

14/8/1839: Cloth dressers boy aged 17 from Dublin. 4’ 8 3/4”; ruddy and freckled complexion, brown hair, dark hazel eyes, scar top of head, scar bridge of nose, tattoos etc. Absconded from D.M. Irving at Bathurst since 29 July.

19/3/1841: Absconded from Twenty Mile Hollow Stockade 14th March.
11/6/1841: Apprehended after absconding from the Escort, Stonequarry to Berrima.

19/5/1845: COF

5/6/1847: Runaway committed for the robbery at Porphyry Point attempted to escape from the lockup

14/7/1847: Maitland Mercury:
Nicholas Coyne was indicted for stealing a coat, a watch, two pairs of trousers, two waistcoats, two shirts, and other articles, the properly of Thomas Cahill, at the William River, on the 22nd May; and John Mahony was indicted for receiving a shirt and waist-coat, part of the stolen property, well knowing the same to be stolen, at Morpeth, on the same day.
It appeared that Thomas Cahill, and William, his son, lived together at Porphyry Point, on the William River, and that on the 22nd May. in their absence, the house was forcibly entered, their boxes broken open, and the contents abstracted. The same evening the prisoner Coyne was apprehended in Morpeth, on suspicion of being a runaway, and a large portion of the stolen goods found on him. Of the remainder, a coat and the watch were given up to the police on the following Monday morning by Chrisiopher Early, a-shoemaker, who had bought them from Coyne.  Mahony had also bought two small articles in the presence of Early, and when the police were executing a search warrant at Early’s,  Mahony, who lived there, denied having bought anything, but in about two hours he voluntarily gave them up to the police.
In cross-examination Mahony elicited from constable M’Guinness that when he called at Early’s with the search warrant he did not ask for things purchased from Coyne,  but for things purchased from Hogan, which was the name Coyne first gave him ; while Mahony and Early purchased from him under the name of Dolan.
The Chairman having summed up, thejury returned a verdict of guilty against Coyne, and of not guilty against Mahony. Mahony was discharged, and Coyne was sentenced to three years in irons, to commece after his present sentence was completed, Coyne being now a runaway from Newcastle stockade.

1851: TOL Moreton Bay.

13/8/1851: Maitland Mercury: Fatal Accident at Cockatoo Island.  Mr. J. O’Neil Brennan, Water Police Magistrate, held a magisterial inquiry at this penal establishment on Tuesday, touching the death of Nicholas Coyne, a prisoner under sentence on the island. It appears from the evidence of the overseers and others, that on Tuesday morning a “devil” had been made for the purpose of blasting a portion of the rock, and that some altercation took place among the overseers and men as to who should fire it, each being anxious to perform the duty.  The deceased had the fire-stick in his hand, and being asked by the acting overseer to give him the fire-stick and to let him fire the devil, he refused, saying, that as he had the trouble to make the devil, he would finish it. He at once fired the blast, when an immense piece of the rock, about half a ton in weight, fell upon him. Pieces of the rock struck others of the gang, but no serious injury, as far as they were concerned, was inflicted. Every exertion was made to rescue the unfortunate man ; who, so soon as he was got from under the rock, was taken to the infirmary ; he died in a very few minutes. Dr. O’Brien deposed to the injuries received by deceased ; and Mr. Brennan recorded as the result of the inquiry, ” That deceased had come to his death by accident, and that he, Mr. Brennan, recommended that on all future occasions, when blasting was going forward, no squib or devil should be made, or the priming put to the hole, before the assisting parties were all cleared well away beyond the reach of probable danger.”-Herald, Aug. 7.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 29th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1851 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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