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Finlay Downy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Finlay Downy
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Cotton spinner
Date of Death: -
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: -
Convicted at: Antrim Court (Ireland)
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Castle Forbes
Departure date: 3rd October, 1819
Arrival date: 4th March, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 29 other convicts


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Community Contributions

greg petersen on 10th September, 2017 wrote:

Native of Belfast he was aged 23 years old when tried at Antrim Lent Assizes and sentenced to 7 years transportation.

D Wong on 1st November, 2017 wrote:

The Hobart Town Gazette reported the arrival in VDL of the Castle Forbes…..The male convicts arrived per ship Castle Forbes were landed this morning. 130 were landed at Hobart Town, which were inspected by his honour the Lieutenant Governor & the Hon. the Commissioner of enquiry and a large portion assigned to he service of the settlers. The remaining 50 were landed at Kangaroo Point, destined for Port Dalrymple. The whole of them landed in a state of perfect health & order. 

Finlay/Finley Downy was disembarked at VDL not NSW.

On Indent: Convalescent - well.

Finlay was listed as 23 years old on arrival.  Native place: County Antrim - and was transported for ‘

Finlay was 5’5½” tall, brown hair, grey eyes, scar on right cheek.

March 1826: Free by servitude.

21/7/1837: Tried at Hobart SC - 14 years
28/7/1837 The True Colonist, Tasmania:
John Tierney and Finlay Downie,
stealing flour, guilty ; the former sentenced to 7 years, and the latter to 14 years transportation.
Sent to Port Arthur for 3 years.

14/9/1841: Listed as an Invalid - misconduct in assaulting a fellow prisoner, many for fighting.

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 10th September, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm (prev. ), firstname: Finlay, surname: Downy, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1796, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupatio

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