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Matthew Law

Matthew Law, one of 200 convicts transported on the Norfolk, 20 May 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Matthew Law
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: York (West Riding) Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Norfolk
Departure date: 20th May, 1829
Arrival date: 27th August, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 71 (38)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

Robin Sharkey on 22nd September, 2015 wrote:

Matthew Law was a native of Yorkshire, tried 22 January 1829 at York Qtr Sessions for “asst stealing”. Given 14 years. Age 23 on ship indent (So born 1806)

* Coal miner. Single Protestant
* 2 prior convictions.
* Ship’s indent Description: 5ft 5 in & 1/2, brown hair, hazel eyes, Flat nose and blue marks at lower part of R side. Small horizontal scar on right cheek. small scar on outer part of left arm
* Sent to the Mineral Surveyor on arrival.

* Two other Laws on board - Charles and Joseph Law - were noted to be brothers, but were NOT noted to be brothers to Matthew.

Ticket of Leave dated 26 February 1838 for the Goulburn District

At Goulburn he met Honora Murphy, Irish girl per “Margaret” arrived January 1839.
Honora Murphy - B approx 1824 Tried Cork City when only 14 yrs old for stealing clothes. Arrived with her two sisters and mother on same ship for different crimes,  Honora was at first in Paterson Plains area, then after 1841 sent to Goulburn. 1843 Ticket of Leave for Goulburn district. 27 April 1843 altered to Picton.  Cancelled around June 1843 for her refusing to prosecute a ma, something to do with a rape.  See Tciket of Leave 43/896.

1843 about this point, Matthew Law (aged about 37) Married Honora Murphy (aged about 19yrs) at RC church Goulburn.
* 31 Oct 1843 - Honora’s Tkt of leave restored for Goulburn District.  She had probably been assigned to her Matthew as a Tkt of Leave Man, when it was cancelled
29 Oct 1843 - Matthew Law gets Certificate of Freedom after his 14 years’ expiry.

No clear record of Matthew and Honora thereafter.
No children registered to them.

SMH 21 July 1860 page 1
“IF this should meet the eyes of MATTHEW LAW.
FENTON or MARY HOY, all formerly of Parramatta,
will they, or any other person In New South Wales, give
any information of ROBERT NEWTON, who left
England in August, 1839, has never been heard of since
1846, they will greatly oblige,and will be reasonably
rewarded by return of post. Address Mr. JOHN NEWTON,
Clayton West near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England.”

1860’s correspondence in SMH from a Matthew Law who claims to be a mine manager with New Lambton Colliery (Newcastle NSW area). Possibly the same Matthew Law because of his mining background Would however be considered old given the times.
Newcastle Chronicle 19/12/1868 page 2
Newcastle Chronicle 9/01/1869 page 3

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 22nd September, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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