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James Kirwan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Kirwan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Gentleman's servant
Date of Death: 1852
Age: 48 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: Stealing money
Convicted at: Ireland, Mayo
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 54 other convicts


Primary source: convict ships to NSW
Source description:

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Phil Hands on 29th March, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted in Co. Mayo in 1826 for stealing money, sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
left Cork on 29th June 1826.
ship:- the ‘Boyne’ sailed with 200 male convicts on board of which 1 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 28th October 1826.

His occupation at the time of his conviction was that of a gentleman’s servant. On his arrival at Port Jackson he was assigned to Jno. Seary at the Military Garden.
James moved to the Monaro district in 1836 and worked as a hawker. He apparantly did very well in this business because he was able to accumulate a little cash and establish a small inn on the side of Cooma Back Creek. Perkins of Perkins Paper fame states that Kirwan “opened at the Junction of Cooma and Back Creeks , the first place of accomodation in the district which became known as Kirwan’s Inn. This building was of rubble stone.” The position of the Inn was a good one. The old track from the Sydney Road led along the southern bank of Cooma Creek, between the present gaol and Nijong Oval to Kirwan’s Inn. From here the track led out to Coolringdon and Kiandra. ( Old Kiandra Road and the Stock Route). Another track led toward Mittagang, and the third track led to Lambie’s administrative centre.
Kirwan’s Inn became very popular with the workers on the nearby runs. Everything happened between Kirwan’s Inn and the Commissioner’s office. It has been said that Lambie’s selection of a site for his home and office probably influenced Kirwan in the site chosen for Kirwan’s Inn, and eventually the site of the town of Cooma.
In 1845 when Bishop Broughton, Lord Bishop of Australia and India, visited the Monaro, he stated of Kirwan’s Inn:- “The Inn at which we concluded our day’s Journey is a large well built brick house, furnished with such accomodation as there could have been little expectation of meeting with in this remote situation.”
By March 1854 Joseph Ward , who had earlier been in partnership with Kirwan, and whose sister married James Kirwan, took over Kirwan’s Inn after James’ death.
James was killed after he had gone downstairs to investigate an argument which had developed between his groom, a doctor and another man and a scuffle broke out between James Kirwan and John McSpadden, the groom, and it is said that James Kirwan was accidently shot. John McSpadden maintained that the shooting was an accident and apparantly James Kirwan’s wife Elizabeth did not blame him either because in her will she states “I direct that any fair or reasonable claim for wages that may be presented after my death to my Executors by John McSpadden, formerly a servant in the employment of my late husband, shall be by them as promptly liquidated as may be..”.At this time Joseph Ward was also the licencee of the Grazier’s Inn in Sharp St., Cooma

Rod A on 31st July, 2019 wrote:

23/04/1833 - Certificate of Freedom granted (Sydney Gazette & NSW Advertiser 25/04/1833).

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 29th March, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: convict ships to NSW (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Kirwan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1804, date of death: 1852, gender: m, occupation, crime

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