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Boyce Egan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Boyce Egan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1785
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1827
Age: 42 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: Political prisoner
Convicted at: Ireland. Tipperary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 14th July, 1816
Arrival date: 20th December, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 50 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au
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Nell Murphy on 14th December, 2015 wrote:

Boyce Egan was convicted at Tipperary in 1816 and received a 7yr transportation sentence. On the ship ‘Surrey’ to New South Wales, Australia arriving 1816.

Aged 30yrs; labourer.
Native place - Tipperary

D Wong on 18th December, 2015 wrote:

Boyce was the son of John and Dorothy Egan

Colonial Secretary:
EGAN, Boyce. Per “Surrey”, 1816
1823 Feb 12: On list of persons who obtained certificates of freedom during the last week (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.138)

1824 Sep: Of Bathurst. On list of persons receiving an assigned convict; listed as Bryce (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.36)

1/3/1827 Sydney Gazette:
On Monday, Patrick Byrne, Andrew Dunn, Boyce Egan, Thomas Gilligan, Thomas Power, William Dunn, Connor Cosgrove, Samuel Philips, Dennis Egan, James Gulliver, John Smith, William Peterson, George Bryan, Edward Walsh, and John Heenly, apprehended in December last, on a Magistrate’s warrant, charged with cattle stealing, but who have remained in gaol without any warrant of commitment, or having undergone any examination, were brought up by writ of habeas corpus, on the motion of Doctor Wardell, and discharged. HIS HONOR Mr. JUSTICE STE-PHEN remarking, that the authority vested in him by the Act, he certainly would exercise, and that no man should be detained in custody but according to law.

22/8/1827 Sydney Gazette:
James Gully and Wm. Dunn, were indicted for stealing a number of cattle, the property of some person unknown, at Black Rock, near Bathurst, and Laurence Collighen, Samuel Phillips, Boyce Egan, and Dennis Egan, as accessories after the fact, in comforting, aiding, and assisting the principals to commit the said felony. The Jury found all the prisoners Guilty. Remanded.

29/8/1827 Sydney Gazette:
Boyce Egan, for receiving a calf, the property of Our Sovereign Lord the King, knowing the same to have been feloniously stolen. To be transported for fourteen years.

Boyce drowned at Norfolk Island. The date listed is 1826 – but since he was sentenced in August 1827 more research is needed.

His home village was Borrisoleigh, Ireland.  Boyce was married in Ireland, wife not named, 2 children, John and Denis.  His grandson John Egan arrived in Port Phillip in 1841.  In 1851 John Egan found gold.  He bequeathed Eganstown Cemetery located above Deep Creek, 6 kilometres from Daylesford, Victoria to the local community.

Phil Cleary on 6th May, 2018 wrote:

Boyce Egan was the uncle of the pioneer John Egan. My Irish ancestors are buried in the cemetery he bequeathed to the community in rural Victoria. I would like to have it confirmed that Boyce was a political prisoner - the family story is that he was - and whether there is any more information about the Dennis Egan convicted with him in 1927, as I believe this was his son.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 14th December, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au (prev. ), firstname: Boyce, surname: Egan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1785, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 18th December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 1827 (prev. 0000), crime

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