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John Loughman

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Loughman
Aliases: John Loughnan, George Armstrong
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 24th March, 1837
Age: 33 years

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 7 years

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Ireland, Kilkenny
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Norfolk
Departure date: 15th October, 1831
Arrival date: 9th February, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 71 other convicts


Primary source: Irish convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
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Maureen Withey on 4th August, 2019 wrote:

Colonial Secretary’s Office,
Sydney, 14th March, 1837.
WHEREAS it hath been represented to His Excellency the Governor, that several daring robberies have been committed in the district of Kurryjong and Penrith, by a man named George Armstrong, otherwise John Loughnan, (prisoner of the Crown,) per Norfolk, who also fired at and wounded the overseer of Mrs. Hobby, at her residence, in the latter district.
His Excellency for the encouraging the apprehension, and bringing to justice the said George Armstrong, otherwise John Loughnan, is pleased to offer a reward of Fifty Pounds to any free person or persons who shall give such information as may lead to his apprehension and conviction.  And His Excellency is hereby pleased to promise, that if any prisoner of the Crown shall give such information as may lead to the apprehension, and conviction of the said George Armstrong, otherwise John Loughnan, application will be made to His Majesty for his approbation and allowance of a Conditional Pardon to such Prisoner of the Crown.
By His Excellency’s. Command.,

Name-George Armstrong, alias John Loughnan,
Native place-Kilkenny,
Year of birth-1810.
Trade-Farm laborer
Height- 5 feet 8 ¾ inches
Complexion-Fair, ruddy.
Hair-Light brown
Eyes - Hazel
Sydney Monitor, 17 March 1837.

Maureen Withey on 4th August, 2019 wrote:

Capture and Death of the notorious bushranger, George Armstrong alias Loughnan, per ship ” Norfolk.”— This man, who, for some months past, had been the terror of the Windsor district, and who evaded the most active and vigilant of the Police of those districts (both horse and foot), has at length been shot by a mounted trooper. On Wednesday, the 15th instant, it was strongly
suspected that the Roman Catholic Clergyman was in the frequent habit of visiting this marauder. Accordingly, on Good Friday last, after an early mass, his Reverence mounted his white steed and directed his course to the Kurryjong, being quickly followed by the Police, who had ascertained he was gone towards Stinson’s farm, where they lost sight of his Reverence, but still kept a sharp look out; the Priest had an interview with the bushranger for an hour, and used every persuasion to indure the nfortunate man to surrender himself and accompany him to Windsor. He also pointed out Good Friday as a remarkable day, being the day on which Our Saviour gave himself up to the Jews, who put him to death; and that should he resign himself into the hands of justice it might be better for him both here and hereafter, by repenting of his sins. These words having been spoken very impressively by his Reverence, they seemed to soften much the hitherto callous disposition of this daring and desperate offender, that he even shed a flood of tears ; he soon however recovered possession of himself up, and kept a good look-out all round him. The Priest again pressed him hard to give up his pistol, which he had in a belt round his person, and go with him to Windsor. He replied, ” I will not give myself now, nor will I be taken alive; but I will meet you on Thursday next, and bring the Police Magistrate with you, and I will give myself up to him then.” The Priest then became quite angry, and told him he was a most hardened and incorrigible fellow, and told him that the first policeman he fell in with on his returning home, he would tell where he was to be found, and have him apprehended ; Armstrong, not suspecting his Reverence would put his threats into xecution, kept his ground, and about half an hour afterwards the Priest fell in with the police, whom he directed to the spot; they waited lhere about an hour, when they heard a man cough repeatedly ; they advanced a few paces and found him sitting behind a bush with his back towards them ; they then challenged him, and ordered him to surrender, he replied ” Yes.” He then got on his legs, and drew his pistol from his belt, and was preparing to fire on the police ; one of the policemen snapped his pistol at him, which burnt priming ; he then attempted to run away, when another policeman fired at and shot him through the back - he fell, and requested the police to finish him and put him out of pain. He was taken to Stinson’s house, and expired shortly after. The following day an inquest was held on the body,and a verdict returned accordingly.—
From our Windsor Correspondent.
Sydney Gazette, 28 Mar 1837.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 3rd May, 2020 wrote:

John Longman. Norfolk 3.

1832 - New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849
No; 1 Offense; Sheep Stealing. 7 years. Age 28. 5 Ft 10 inches Grey eyes. Fair hair. Fresh complexion
Killkenny. Spring 1831

1837 - 24 Mar. New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891
Name: John Loughman. Date: 24 Mar 1837. Place: New South Wales, Australia. Category: Convicts Deaths. Title: Death Register, 1828-1879. Volume Number: 4/4549

Buried 24/03/1837. Died from: Gunshot wound which happened in the bush.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 4th August, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Irish convict Database, by Peter Mayberry. (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Loughman, alias1: John Loughnan, alias2: George Armstrong, alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: m,

Penny-Lyn Beale on 3rd May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), date of death: 24th March, 1837 (prev. 0000)

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