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Michael Dowdall

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael Dowdall
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1822
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: High treason
Convicted at: Ireland, Wicklow
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Atlas
Departure date: 30th May, 1802
Arrival date: 30th October, 1802
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 11 other convicts


Primary source: State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12188; Item: [4/4004]; Microfiche: 630
Source description:

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Community Contributions

D Wong on 23rd October, 2016 wrote:

Michael Dowdall was involved in the Irish Rebellion in County Wicklow 1798-1804.

1804: Michael Dowdal, a labouring servant on a farm.
Became Overseer on Captain Kent’s farm.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
DOWDALL, Michael

1811 Jul 30:  Of Sydney. On list of persons to receive lands in the new Districts of Airds or Appin, and in other parts of the Colony; at Airds or Appin (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.10)

1812 Apr 9:  Foreman of jury at inquest on Mary Jeffries held at Kissing Point (Reel 6021; 4/1819 p.329)

1820 Aug 10:  Countersigned printed copy of Proclamation on the accession of King George IV; at Parramatta (Reel 6049; 4/1745 p.129)

DOWDLE, Michael. Of Sydney
1816 Jun 22 :On lists of persons to be issued with horned cattle from the Government Herds (Reel 6038, SZ759 p.213; Reel 6031, 4/7028A p.33)

Michael married or lived with Catherine Hickey (3 Catherine Hickey’s on the convict lists, not sure which one) - they had 3 children, Mary, Roseanna, Michael Jnr.

1822: Michael reportedly drowned in 1822 - found no record on the BDM or in ‘Trove’.

1823: Isaac Williams of the ‘Recovery 1819’ was assigned to Catherine Dowdall on Sept 12, 1823.
15/9/1823: Requested Permission to marry Mary Dowdall (Catherine & Michael’s daughter).
15/11/1823: They married at St. Marys Cathedral, Parramatta - they had 4 sons.

10/2/1827 The Monitor, Sydney:
FRIDAY, 9.-JOSEPH CLINES, alias MULKLY, alias M’LEAN, of Kissing Point, free labourer, was indicted for the wilful murder of Catherine Dowdall, at the Field of Mars, on the 13th of Dec last.
The prisoner resided on an adjoining farm to one Bennett, with whom the deceased lived. His visits had obnoxious to the latter, and he had at various times been desired to discontinue them; this was attended with some degree of acrimony on the part of the unfortunate woman, and produced irritation on the mind of the prisoner, who indicated a degree of malice profane in an ejaculatory expression, that he would “Soon put his foot in her guts”. A day only elapsed after this, before the cabal was~ renewed, occasioned by the prisoner following Bennett and the deceased to the house of Isaac Williams, the son-in-law of the latter.
The dispute took place outside the building, he was seen with his arm raised in an attitude indicating violence, and an alarm of danger instantly succeeded. The helpless object was found extended on the ground, bleeding and insensible - a piece of iron stone weighing about 8lb. was lying near the spot, having attached to it a small portion of the woman’s cotton cap, produced in Court.
THE Chief-Justice summed up with much perspicuity, leaving ~ the Jury to determine on the facts.- Ordered for execution on Monday the 12th instant.

1828 Census: Isaac and Mary were both living at Kissing point.
Michael Jnr. was also working with Isaac Williams at Kissing Point in 1828 as a labourer and Roseanna living with her husband Michael McKeever (McEver/McKiver) in Sydney.

Convict Changes History

Gary Acheson on 20th October, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12188; Item: [4/4004]; Microfiche: 630 (prev. ), firstname: Michael, surname: Dowdall, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: m

D Wong on 23rd October, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 1822 (prev. 0000), occupation

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