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David Cunningham

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Cunningham
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Ploughman/shearer/reaper/milkman/so...
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Manslaughter
Convicted at: Ireland, Tipperary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 10th May, 1832
Arrival date: 6th September, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 31 other convicts


Primary source: Ancestry Convict Indents. http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi
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D Wong on 14th February, 2021 wrote:

Clonmel Herald Tipperary, Republic of Ireland
24 Mar 1832

Philip Cunningham, David Cunningham. John Dwyer, William Shea, James Cummins and Thomas Cummins were put to the bar, charged with manslaughter of John Lloyd, at Laffan’s-Mill, on the 12th of July last.
  James Lloyd, sworn..Remembers the fair of Graystown ; was at the fair with his deceased brother, his wife, and others ; witness’s wife pointed out the deceased when he was struck ; witness as he was going to the assistance of the deceased was struck with a stone ; returning with the deceased, witness’s wife, his brother Tom and James Driscoll, a young boy, they were attacked by six men who knocked down the deceased with stones, at Laffin’s-Mill ; in the fair the deceased was struck down by old Thomas Cunningham and his sons, (James and Thomas) and others ; David and Philip Cunningham, James and Thomas Cummins and others struck down the deceased at Laffan’s-Mill ; this party came down from Cunningham’s gate ; saw Wm. Shea with a stone in his hand ; saw John Dwyer with a stone in his hand, which witness took from him ; witness was then knocked down with a stone by Philip Cunningham, and rendered insensible___(here witness identified the prisoners)___the deceased received four blows of stones and was knocked down in an insensible state ; did not see the deceased ever after ; believes he was thrown into the river ; in about three quarters of an hour after heard 3 shots, but does not know whom fired.

All were onboard the Eliza.

David Cunningham was listed as 30 years old on arrival.
Brother of Philip Cunningham - same ship.

David was illiterate, RC, married, no children listed, 5’6¾” tall, brown complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, cast outward in right eye, scar below under lip, uncle here, Philip Cunningham in 1798.
This looks to be Philip Cunningham per Anne 1801, who was executed for NSW 1804 Castle Hill Revolt.

NSW Return of all Male Convicts Assigned and Transferred between 1st and 30th days of September 1832, Inclusively:
Cunningham David, Eliza (6), ploughman, to James Dodds, Maison Drew.

15/10/1836: TOL Patrick Plains

18/3/1839: COF

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 14th February, 2021 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Ancestry Convict Indents. http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi (prev. ), firstname: David, surname: Cunningham, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1806, date of death: 0

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