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Daniel Donoghue

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Daniel Donoghue
Aliases: James Green
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1826
Occupation: Shop boy
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Cork City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Tory
Departure date: 11th November, 1846
Arrival date: 18th March, 1847
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 10 other convicts


Primary source: 1849 muster ledger Maria Island
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Gary Acheson on 18th August, 2014 wrote:

Cork Spring Assizes 1846, and a case of theft of Church plate, from which we learn that my great great great grandfather, Edward Duke Mahony, of 62 North Main Street, in Cork, was known as ‘Buck Ned’, had fought in Spain in the 1830s and had had a
son transported to Australia for theft.

Cork Examiner Wednesday Evening March 25 1846

“Cork Spring Assizes 1846
Daniel Donoghue otherwise James Green, was placed at the bar, and charged with several counts, with entering this Chapel and abstracting various articles of property, the particulars of which appeared in the Examiner at the time it occurred.
Mr Bennett, Q.C., detailed the facts at considerable length, and read a section of an act of Parliament, the 9th George V., chapter 43, which made such an outrage a transportable offence.

Jeremiah Hegarty, sworn and examined by Mr Bennett - Is Clerk at the North Chapel; remembers on the 23rd of November, last finding an Iron Safe broken open in that Chapel, which he had secured on the day before; there were two silver articles in that safe, known as the Siborium and Remonstrance; the Siborium was placed there on the Saturday before by the Rev. Mr Clancey, and the remonstrance the Sunday night previous; knows the Rev. James O’Sullivan, and saw a part of the Remonstrance in his possession (the witness identified a portion of the stolen articles, by the chasing which appeared on it); saw on the 7th of December two pieces more in the possession of Constable O’Leary; the Clergymen of the Chapel are the Rev. Mr Holland, Rev. Mr Brown, and Rev. Mr Clancey; the Vestry room door was broken open and the sash of the windows pulled down, and also saw a ladder against it; took notice of marks of a candle on the door leading from the chapel into the vestry room, there was grease attached to it as if a candle had been stuck on it; these articles were in my possession and under my charge, since May, 1842.

The Rev. James O’Sullivan, R.C.C., examined by Mr. Bennett - Is Curate of St. Peter and Paul’s; knows Edward Mahony, who lives in the North Main Street; he is apparently a dealer in old furniture; recollects his bringing some pieces of silver to him on a Saturday evening in the month of December (the Rev. Mr O’Sullivan identified the silver which he had procured from Mahony, which formed a portion of the Remonstrance); these articles where entrusted to the care of Hegarty; had the prisoner at the bar arrested in consequence of what Mahony mentioned to him; saw him after his arrest, and did not attempt to obtain any information from him either by threat or intimidation; carried the silver immediately to the North Chapel, and asked the clerk if he could identify them.

The prisoner, who was undefended by council, declined to examine either the Rev. Mr O’Sullivan or the previous witness.

Edward Mahony, examined by Mr Bennett - Keeps a furniture shop in the North Main Street; the prisoner at the bar worked for him; on the last occasion he worked for but three days, from Thursday the 4th until the 6th of December; remembers the prisoner coming to him on 5th December; and asking witness if he bought old pieces of silver; witness replied he did; asked witness would he buy silver rings and crosses; witness said he would; on Saturday the 6th the prisoner brought two pieces of silver to witness for the purpose of disposing of them; prisoner asked witness “how many shillings there were in four eightpences”; and on witness answering 2s. 8d.,then, said he, the value of this is 14s. 8d., being four ounces at 3s. 4d. the ounce; prisoner offered them at 14s. 8d., when the witness took them from him and, on purpose of going to get them weighed, carried them to the Rev. Mr O’Sullivan; partly suspected that he could not meet with such property as that without stealing it; before going to the Rev. Mr O’Sullivan, went to the house of a man called Mahony in Nile Street, for the purpose of acertaining whether they were silver; accompanied Rev. Mr Sullivan to his own house and had the boy arrested; when he went in the prisoner was in the yard.

The prisoner, who is an exceedingly smart though illiterate lad, having been directed, if he thought fit, to question the witness, proceeded to examine him in a manner that astonished every person present, displaying an acuteness and intelligence that would have done credit to a barrister of experience.

Prisoner [Daniel Donoghue] - Tell me, witness, did you ever receive stolen property to your knowledge?
Witness [Edward Duke Mahony] - Never.
Prisoner - Did you ever buy a gold watch from a prostitute for 5s. 6d.?
Witness - Never.
Prisoner - Did you ever purchase eleven silver spoons from your servant that you knew to have been stolen?
Witness - Never.
Prisoner - Do you remember purchasing a mahogany chair, which you knew to be the property of a gentleman living on the South Mall?
Witness - I do not.
Prisoner - Gentlemen of the jury, this man is living by stolen property, he is a public thief himself, and I now call upon him to look round the court and tell if there is one man in it will say he is an honest man. Mahony do you hear what I say?
Witness (imploringly) - Must I answer that my lord?
Court - Why I see no objection if you can.
Witness - Well I will call upon Rev. Mr O’Sullivan.
The Rev. Mr O’Sullivan remarked he knew nothing dishonest on his part.
Prisoner - Why are you called Buck Ned (laughter)?
Witness - It was a nick-name put on me in my infancy (great laughter).
Prisoner - Your son was transported from this town for robbery?
Witness (hesitatingly) - He was.
Prisoner - Can’t you get anyone in court to say you are an honest man?
The Court remarked that there was one gentleman present who knew nothing dishonest of him.
Witness - My Lord, I am in the business of buying and selling, and no man in court can say anything against my character.
Court - Were you ever accused of buying stolen goods?
Witness - I was concerned for the prosecution in such a case, but I was never convicted myself.
Prisoner - I believe, Buck, you were in the Spanish legion (great laughter)?
Witness - I was.
Prisoner - What was your character while serving in that distinguised corps?
Witness - The character of a soldier (continuing laughter).
Prisoner - Were you ever charged with robbery?
Witness - Never, upon my oath.
The witness was about leaving the chair, when the prisoner peremptorily ordered him back, and continued to catechise him, amidst the laughter of all present.

Mrs Mahony, wife to the previous witness was examined, and proved during the absence of her husband for the Rev. Mr O’Sullivan, that the prisoner retired to the yard for about ten minutes; she also deposed that she was present on the following Sunday, when Constable O’Leary discovered some of the stolen property, hidden under rubbish in that yard.

To a juror - He made no attempt to escape while Mahony was absent.
The prisoner then examined this witness with even more tact than he displayed on the former occasion.
Prisoner [Daniel Donoghue] - Are you a married woman?
Witness [Rebecca Mahony née Duck] - I am.
Prisoner - What was your character before you married Buck Ned (laughter)?
Witness - Always industrious, honestly earning my bread.
Prisoner - Do you know a man by the name of Barry?
Witness - Yes, I had a dealing with him June last, I gave him six pound notes for six sovereigns, which he robbed me of, and for which he will have neither luck nor grace.
Prisoner - Did you prosecute him for it?
Witness - I did.
Prisoner - Did the jury believe you?
Witness - I don’t know what their intentions were - (laughter).
Prisoner - Was he acquitted?
Witness - He was.
Prisoner - Honourably acquitted, my Lord (great laughter).
Prisoner - Did that man appear to have any money?
Witness - How can I tell what he had.
Prisoner - You reported that this honest man swindled you out of £5?
Witness - Yes, of course I did.
Prisoner - Turn round towards the gentlemen of the jury (laughter). You got a complaint summons against him?
Witness - I did no such thing.
Prisoner - Did you lodge information against him for robbery?
Witness - I did (continued laughter)

The witness being about to retire, the prisoner ordered her back again.

Prisoner - Did not your husband swear you were drunk when you stole the money?
Witness - No he did not, and your informant was wrong.
Prisoner - Did I work for you for some time and did you ever see anything improper by me?
Witness - Never.
Prisoner - Did I and your husband ever drink together?
Witness - Yes.
Prisoner - On the night that I was arrested did I not drink with him?
Witness - I don’t know.
Prisoner - My Lord, I want to ask the question of the first witness.
Mahony having been again produced,
Prisoner - Sit down, Sir, and look up to the jury - (roars of laughter). Did I drink with you on the evening I was arrested, before I was done work?
Witness - No.
Prisoner - Well then, after I was done?
Witness - You did (laughter).
Prisoner - Whilst I was in the employment of Mr Buckley on the Marsh, you often gave me, suppose a bottle of stout?
Witness - I believe I often did.
Prisoner - Were you not acquainted with the character of the other men in the employment of Mr Buckley?
Witness - With some of them.
Prisoner - Did you ever treat any of them?
Witness - I did not.
To the Court - Never drank with the prisoner after he found out the robbery.

The witness then left the table.

Constable O’Leary - Was examined and deposed, that he found some of the articles produced in Mahony’s yard, hidden under a quantity of rubbish.

James Geary sworn and examined - Is turnkey of the city gaol and knows the prisoner; remembers him voluntarily coming to witness, in the presence of Mr Murphy the governor on the 20th December; witness said he wished to tell the truth about the
robbery at the North Chapel; what he said witness took down in writing which was to the following effect:-
{The witness here read a curious and most improbable document, which he had written according to the dictation of the prisoner, implicating several persons in the perpetration of the robbery.}
Witness went to the chapel and found some silver concealed as the prisoner had stated: he said some of the tools were thrown into the river on the day of Rev. Mr M’Leod’s funeral.

This being the last witness examined, the jury, without retiring, returned a verdict of guilty.”

(Daniel Donoghue, alias James Green, arrived in Hobart in 1847 on the ship ‘Tory’ to begin his 7 year sentence. The vessel had left Dublin with some 200 convicts on November 11, 1846 and made Hobart on March 19, in the following year. By 1849, Donoghue was working at the probation station on Maria Island, just off the Tasmanian coast, where William Smith O’Brien also served much of his sentence. G.A.)

(The Spanish Legion, otherwise known as the British Auxiliary Legion to the Spanish, was a government sanctioned force, numbering upwards of 10,000 troops, raised to support the cause of the liberal Isabella in the Carlist civil wars of the 1830s. Recruiting was heavy in Ireland and several of the regiments were specifically Irish: Irish Regiment, Munster Light Infantry, Irish Light Infantry. The forces were commanded by Irish-born Sir George DeLacy Evans. G.A.)

Gary Acheson on 16th December, 2014 wrote:

Married in Ireland

Convict Changes History

Gary Acheson on 18th August, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: 1849 muster ledger Maria Island (prev. ), firstname: Daniel, surname: Donoghue, alias1: James Green, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Gary Acheson on 16th December, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1826 (prev. 0000)

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