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Peter Killeen

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Peter Killeen
Aliases: Killien, Killen, Killyan
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Farmers man
Date of Death: 27th June, 1889
Age: 83 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Ireland, Monaghan
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Boyne
Departure date: 29th June, 1826
Arrival date: 28th October, 1826
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 52 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm
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D Wong on 18th February, 2016 wrote:

Peter Killeen was 20 years old on arrival in NSW.  He was assigned to David Maguire on arrival.

Peter was 5’6” tall, fair complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes.

Feb. 1828: Absconded.

1829: Tried at the Sydney Supreme Court for being an accessory to robbery.

1829: Sent to Moreton Bay – Returned to Sydney 1832.

25/7/1832: COF

3/11/1832 Sydney Gazette:
Peter Killeen was indicted for stealing, on the18th of October last, two silk handkerchiefs, one silk scarf, and eighteen yards of check, the property of Brian Rourke. This case afforded another of those sad instances of hard swearing which so often disgrace our Courts.  Guilty.  Remanded -  Peter Killeen, convicted of larceny, to be worked on the roads, in irons, for twelve calendar months.

1834: Sydney Supreme Court: Tried for Bushranging – Death, commuted to 7 years hard labour at Norfolk Island.

11/1/1841: COF

27/3/1841 Sydney Gazette:
ASSAULT AND ROBBERY.—Peter Killeen, an old Norfolk Island expiree, was on Thursday charged before the Police Magistrates for having the day before, at three o’clock in the afternoon, near the Market Wharf, knocked down and robbed a man named Callaghan of a watch. It appears that after he committed the daring robbery at midday, and in one of the most frequented places in Sydney, he managed for the time to escape, but the police having got a clue to his lair, managed to secure him the same night. On his person was found Callaghan’s watch. The case was so clearly made out against him, that he was committed to take his trial, which, in all probability, will lead to his being, sent to his old quarters again. He had been twice within the last few weeks brought before Captain Innes ; on the latter occasion he had promised, on being discharged, never to be been in Sydney.

19/5/1841: Peter Killeen was indicted for stealing a watch.
Verdict- guilty.  Sentenced to be transported to a penal settlement for fifteen years.

Sent to VDL

12/12/1845: The Observer, Hobart:
Joseph McKenzie and Peter Killeen were indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of John Cole, at the Black Brush, on the 15th of October last.
The prisoners passed themselves off as constables, and went to the house of the prosecutor, who was in bed. They made him get up and light a fire, and then told him they were bushrangers. Killeen was armed with a gun, and M’Kenzie with a short stick. They tied the prosecutor’s hands behind him and Killeen told him if he stirred he would shoot him. They took prosecutor’s gun which stood in the corner of the hut, about ¡hundred weight of flour, a white shirt, two silk handkerchiefs, and a waistcoat, and after remaining some time in the place refreshing themselves, they decamped.
The jury, after a short absence, found the prisoners Guilty, and sentence of death was recorded against them.

Sent to Port Arthur.

2/9/1856 Launceston Examiner:
Peter Killeen, an Imperial convict from Sydney, per Marian Watson, under sentence for life, and now a passholder, in the service of F. Stelglitz, Esq., was charged before the A.P.M., with assaulting and robbing Daniel Lynch, upon the highway, on the 9th Instant, and was committed for trial for that offence.
Peter Killeen, robbing Daniel Lynch, sentence of death recorded.

15/3/1875 Hobart Mercury:
VAGRANCY-.Peter Killeen was charged with having in his possession certain articles on the racecourse at Muddy Plains without being able to account satisfactorily how he became possessed of them.
From the evidence of Constable Wilson it appeared that the prisoner was in company with another man named Hainsbury recently from Port Arthur on the night of the first day af the races, and remained on the course all night, together with other people. During the night it was reported to the constable that the prisoner had made several attempts at pocket picking, in consequence of which Wilson kept an eye upon him the following day, when the prisoner was seen to take a handkerchief out of a man’s pocket.
The prisoner in his defence said that he was standing in a crowd and while he was stooping to pick up the handkerchief the constable caught hold of him.
Mr. Young told the prisoner that he had only been a few weeks out of jaol to which he had been sent for life for assault and robbery many years ago, and as he did not seem to care about earning an honest living he would sentence him to six weeks hard labour.

1876: Stealing a purse – 7 years imprisonment.

Many more court appearances for further petty crimes.

6/11/1888: Newtown Charitable Institution – Peter robbed Mark Gray, a blind inmate of the institution – Gray had purchased tobacco, matches and a pennyworth of lollies from Peter, Peter gave him a shilling in change back – when Mark gave the shilling to someone else they told him it was bad money, he also had another shilling that Peter had given him previously as change which was also bad money.  Peter was charged with ‘uttering counterfeit coin’ and was sentenced to 10 months gaol at Hobart Gaol.

27/6/1889: Aged 83, Peter died of senile decay in Hobart Gaol

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 18th February, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm (prev. ), firstname: Peter, surname: Killeen, alias1: Killien, alias2: Killen, alias3: Killyan, alias4: , date of birth: 1806, date of death: 27th June, 1889, gend

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