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Ellen Maher

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ellen Maher
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 15th September, 1886
Age: 74 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Murder
Convicted at: Meath Ireland
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Roslin Castle (Roslyn Castle)
Departure date: 28th October, 1835
Arrival date: 25th February, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 17 other convicts


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Megan Butel on 17th May, 2019 wrote:

Tried at Trim at the Meath Assizes for the murder of Owen M’Enroe who had been a joint tenant with her father at Toneyowen Upper on land owned by the Duke of Buckingham. The Mahers were dispossessed by the Duke’s land manager and they blamed M’Enroe for it. The murder was committed at the father, Edward, urging by Ellen and her two brothers, Patrick and William. Ellen and Patrick held the unfortunate man by the arms as William beat his brains in with a lead pipe. The father was acquitted while the three children were found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. William and Patrick were hanged and Ellen was informed she had been reprieved for a week. She subsequently had her sentence commuted to Life and was transported to Sydney on board the Roslin Castle in 1835.

D Wong on 17th May, 2019 wrote:

Medical Journal of the Roslin Castle 1836:
Folio 26: Ellen Maher, aged 22, Convict for life; disease or hurt, uterine and ovarian disease. Put on sick list, 16 December 1835. Discharged to factory at Parramatta, 2 March 1836. The surgeon found her laying about the deck and was told that she was continually fretting over the execution of her brother for murder two years previously. She had had some part in the crime but her sentence was commuted to transportation. She was very desponding and wishes for a speedy death to release her from her feelings’. She was found to have a tumour in the hippogastric region, where she had been kicked two years previously trying to escape from the police.

27/3/1837: Permission to marry Hugh Tunney (Minerva 1819) aged 44 and free - Ellen was 25 and on bond.

1837: Married Hugh TUNNY at St. Mary’s, Sydney.
No children listed on NSW BDM - following were listed on Ancestry websites:
1837: Mary Ann Tunney
1840-1906: Catherine Tunney
1843-1895: Bridget Tunney.

1857: Hugh Tunney died at Tumut, NSW.

15/9/1886: Ellen died of TB, at Gladesville, NSW.
Originally buried in the grounds of the Gladesville Hospital but was then transferred to the Fild of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, NSW.

Convict Changes History

Megan Butel on 17th May, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C10519282 (prev. ), firstname: Ellen, surname: Maher, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1816, date of death: 1886, gender: f, occupation

D Wong on 17th May, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 1816), date of death: 15th September, 1886 (prev. 1886)

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