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Francis Keefe

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Francis Keefe
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Reaper
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Coining
Convicted at: Ireland, Kerry
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: August, 1823
Arrival date: 16th December, 1823
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 78 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry. Sydney Gazette, 25 Dec 1823 and 1 Jan 1824.
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Maureen Withey on 5th September, 2019 wrote:

Kerry Assizes
... and Francis Keefe, - coining, ...to be transported seven years.
West Meath Journal, 3 April 1823

Francis Keefe was aged 30 when convicted at Tralee, Co. Kerry, ib 1823, and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He was a native of Kerry.

One of the convicts that came by the Isabella, at the especial recommendation of Captain Wallis, as well as the Surgeon Superintendent, Dr. Rae, was so fortunate as to graciously obtain the indulgence of a ticket of leave. A conspiracy was in the act of formation on board the ship during the voyage; this man very properly gave information to Dr. Rae (so says our information), and the horrible evils that might have ensued, were thus providentially frustrated. In consequence of the service rendered to the Public in this instance, His EXCELLENCY was pleased to consider the man worthy of the great indulgence bestowed.
Sydney Gazette, 25 Dec 1823

THE undermentioned Person has obtained a
Ticket of Leave, during the last Week:—
Isabella (3) ...... Francis Keefe, Sydney.
F. GOULBURN, Colonial Secretary.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
31st December, 1823.
Sydney Gazette, 1 Jan 1824.

Maureen Withey on 5th September, 2019 wrote:

Certificate of Freedom obtained during the last week.
Francis Keefe, Isabella (3).
Sydney Gazette, 30 March 1830

Maureen Withey on 5th September, 2019 wrote:

It is highly probable that Francis was the older brother of Denis Keefe, also convicted at Tralee at the same time, most likely of the same offence of coining.
This being the case, the information below relates to him:

Police Report, Sydney
August 24.—Dennis Keefe, prisoner of the crown, charged with having feloniously and wilfully set fire to, and destroyed, two stacks of grain, principally wheat, on the estate of Messrs. Berry and Wollstonecraft, at Shoalhaven, in whose employ the prisoner had been a government servant; fully committed for trial.

Francis Keefe, holding a ticket of leave, and brother to the above named Dennis Keefe, in whose box at Shoalhaven some letters were addressed to him from the prisoner Francis Keefe, exciting him to rob and plunder his master, and to send down to the spoils to Sydney, was examined, and evidence be taken as to the findings of the letter, and to the handwriting of the prisoner, his ticket of leave was cancelled, and himself ordered to government labour.
Sydney Gazette, 1 Sep 1825

Penny-Lyn Beale on 9th January, 2021 wrote:

Warrants of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
Indent No; 114
Offence; Coining
Date of Trial - Spring assizes 123
Age; 26
Height; 5 ft. 8 in
Complexion; Dark
Hair; Dark
Eyes; Grey

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th September, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry. Sydney Gazette, 25 Dec 1823 and 1 Jan 1824. (prev. ), firstname: Francis, surname: Keefe, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death:

Penny-Lyn Beale on 9th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000)

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