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Lawrence Kavanagh

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Lawrence Kavanagh
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Stonemason
Date of Death: 12th October, 1846
Age: 34 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Ireland. Dublin
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fergusson
Departure date: 16th November, 1828
Arrival date: 26th March, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 40 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives
Source description:

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Community Contributions

Nell Murphy on 4th October, 2019 wrote:

Lawrence KAVANAGH was convicted at Dublin, Ireland on 14 Aug 1828 for burglary. Life sentence. Transported to New South Wales, Australia per the ship “Fergusson”.

Native place of birth: Waterford, Ireland (ref. convict record)

Colony of NSW:
1833: Insolence.  Sent to Norfolk Island (off the east coast of NSW), 14 yrs. Spent 9 yrs there.
12 April 1842: Attempted murder - shooting at Capts Hunter & Dobbie. Committed to trial at Sydney, NSW. Life sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the “Marian Watson” 1842.

1842 convict record: Aged 30yrs; stonemason; 5’10 1/2” height; pale complexion; brown to grey hair; lt grey eyes; Roman Catholic; not literate; single man.
Stated his mother Sarah was now in NSW.
Brothers: Martin, Andrew & Bryan at Dublin.
Native place of birth: Wicklow, Ireland

7 Sept 1843: Hobart Supreme Court - felony. Death, commuted to Life sentence. To be sent, again, to Norfolk Island. Note: “Kavanagh, with good conduct, may look forward to my recommendation to have his period shortened, henious as his offences have been, but at present it is quite out of the question my doing so. 1845

12 Oct 1846: Executed, at Norfolk Island. (ref. noted on Tasmanian Convict record, but not details)

Penny-Lyn Beale on 7th February, 2021 wrote:

SISTER; Catherine Kavanagh. Arrived per Ship; Edward - 1829. Refer Indent No; 170

BROTHER; Martin Kavanagh. Per Ship; Castle Forbes; Died at Sea. 6 Jan 1823.Diarrhea

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 4th October, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Archives (prev. ), firstname: Lawrence, surname: Kavanagh, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1812, date of death: 12th October, 1846, gender: m, occupation, crime

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