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Name, Aliases & Gender
||John Maher, Gaffney, Gaffeny
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||27th February, 1840
life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australia Convict Annotated Indentures (handwritten); 1837 NSW General Muster; Government Exemption Work Register and Convict Death Register.
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Wendy Smith on 30th October, 2020 wrote:
The Convict Indentures for Patrick Gafney alias John Maher (also misspelt Maker) states that he was 23 years old. He could read and write; religion Roman Catholic; status single and a native of Kilkenny. He was a pig drover. Patrick was convicted of cow stealing at Tipperary on 11 August 1828 and sentenced to life. He had no prior convictions. Physical attributes: Height 5 feet 3 inches; complexion ruddy and freckled; hair brown and eyes hazel. Patrick was assigned to James Adair on the Parramatta River, NSW. Transport number 144.
1830 Government Labour Exemption Register - Patrick was placed on this register on 3 June 1830 and was living in Liverpool. Ship stated as Eliza (5).
1837 NSW General Muster states that Patrick was in Government Service at Port Macquarie.
Received ticket of leave on 15 August 1837 (number 37/1182). Cancelled for stealing tobacco. Reinstated on 11 August 1838 (number 38/728).
Convict death register states that Patrick Gaffeny, Eliza (5) transported in 1829 died on 27 February 1840 at Bathurst Hospital.
Brother Walter Gaffney, aged 20, was transported on the Waterloo in 1836 for vagrancy at Kildare. He was sentenced to seven years. His indentures state that his brother Patrick Gaffney had been transported 7 years prior.
Please note the different spellings of the surname for Patrick and Walter.
Convict Changes History
Wendy Smith on 30th October, 2020 made the following changes:
convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Australia Convict Annotated Indentures (handwritten); 1837 NSW General Muster; Government Exemption Work Register and Convict Death Register. (prev. ), firstname: Patrick, surname: Gafney, alias1: John Maher,