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Cornelius Mahoney

Cornelius Mahoney, one of 160 convicts transported on the Royal George, 22 August 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Cornelius Mahoney
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Robbery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal George
Departure date: 22nd August, 1828
Arrival date: 24th December, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 469 (236)
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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Maureen Withey on 2nd June, 2020 wrote:

ld Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 02 June 2020), January 1828, trial of ANDREW RYAN CORNELIUS MAHONEY (t18280110-161).
ANDREW RYAN, CORNELIUS MAHONEY, Theft > simple larceny, 10th January 1828.

416. ANDREW RYAN and CORNELIUS MAHONEY were indicted for stealing, on the 7th of January , 24lbs. weight of raisins, value 30s., and 1 box, value 6d. , the goods of David Levy and John Salmon .

WILLIAM WHITTINGHAM . I am a Bow-street patrol. I was in Oxford-street, about six o’clock in the evening of the 7th of January, and saw the prisoners, in company with another, who is not here; I watched them, and saw the one who is not here go on the right-hand side of the street with Ryan, and Mahoney on the left, by himself: they were following a covered cart - they walked a considerable distance, then turned back, joined together, and went to Rathbone-place, and down to Tottenham-court-road; they there divided again - Mahoney walked on the left side, Ryan and the other on the right - I followed them till they came near Whitfield’s chapel, then Ryan and the other crossed, and all joined together - Ryan then left them, and went up behind Levy and Salmon’s cart - the other two were walking on the pavement, six or seven steps from the cart - it was a large cart, with one horse - Ryan climbed up at the back of the cart, leaned part of his body into the cart, under the tarpauling that was over it, and brought out this box on his shoulder - he came over to the side where I was, with it on his shoulder; the others were on the other side - I took out my staff, and caught hold of him - he threw the box on my hand, and broke my hold of him - I struck at him with my staff - he ran off, and I after him, about seventy or seventy-two paces - I did not lose sight of him; I called Stop thief! seized him again, took him into a grocer’s shop, and secured him - Mahoney was taken the same night, after I had been to Marlborough-street - I knew them well before.

Q. How long might this occupy, from the time you first saw them? A. About an hour - I can safely say they were in company.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did Mahoney touch the cart? A. He did not - he was on the curb - I know Birchell, an officer - I did not tell him I did not know Mahoney; I went into a public-house, with four other officers afterwards; I did not ask Mahoney his name there - he was brought down stairs at the public-house by one of the night officers.

JESSE PHILLIPS . I was with Whittingham, and saw what he has stated. I saw Ryan take the box out of the cart; I knew the parties before; the others were on the opposite side, near the cart, and seemed to be looking out, to see if anybody was watching them.

Cross-examined by MR. A. PHILLIPS. Q. It was dark? A. Yes; I believe Mahoney crossed the cart, and looked in once - that was some time before the box was taken - he was about six yards from the cart then; I deal in earthenware, and live in Great Queen-street, Lincoln’s-inn-fields.

JAMES NASH. I was driving Messrs. David Levy and John Salmon’s cart; they live in Oxford-street; there was a good tarpauling over the cart, and it was tied securely up - this box was near the tail - I missed it in Tottenham-court-road, where my attention was called to it - it contains raisins.(Property produced and sworn to.)

MAHONEY’s Defence. When the officer came into the room where I was, he did not know me - he had said before, that he would swear to me a mile off - I am innocent.

RYAN’s Defence. Mahoney was not with me.

RYAN - GUILTY . Aged 21.


Transported for Seven Years .

Cornelius was tried in Sydney and sentenced to be transported. He was sent to VDL per Wanderer, arriving 8 Dec 1845.

Tasmanian Indent:
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON16-1-3$init=CON16-1-3p212  https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON16-1-3$init=CON16-1-3p213
Cornelius Mahoney, age 43,  5ft 9 ¾. Catholic, can read and write a little, single, Tried at Berrima C. Court, 9 Sept 1845, 15 years,  for attempt at murder Jas. McGregor was stabbed with a knife in the ribs, we were drunk & quarrelling, he lived nr Berrima. To NSW per Rl George, 1828, Tried C.C.C. 7 yrs for Robbery Native of about Marylebone. Plasterer and Glazier, F (father) Patk, M – Johanna, at Native place.

Cornelius Mahoney was indicted for having stabbed a man named McGregor, on or about the 29th March last, with intent to murder him. There was a second count in the information, charging the offence as being committed with intent to do some grievous bodily harm.
The ATTORNEY-GENERAL in opening the case, stated that in consequence of some collusion between the prisoner and prosecutor the latter was not in attendance, but still he felt it his duty to go on with the case. He then called John Sheehan, who deposed, that he recollected being at Green’s public house when McGregor and prisoner was there; witness stopped there all night; he went there before sundown with M’Gregor, when he found the prisoner there, and he helped him to drink some liquor; they all remained there for three or four hours after sundown; a quarrel took place between M’Gregor and prisoner, the latter being accused by the former of not having called for as much liquor as he had done; they had a fight over it ; they then all left together for Green’s new buildings, and on their way thither, a dispute again took place between them, and witness, who was a little ahead, on turning round, he saw them fighting ; he went back to see them, and by the light of the moon saw something like a knife in prisoner’s hand, and asked him if that was a knife he had in his hand, when prisoner made no answer; M’Gregor hearing witness speak about a knife, said he was stabbed, on which prisoner being accused of having done so, said he was sorry for it; witness then assisted prisoner to walk to Mrs. Cutter’s inn, where he was put to bed, and a doctor sent for; the prisoner did not assist him to take the wounded man to Cutter’s.
Cross-examined by prisoner: Was not certain that it was a knife he had in his hand; but it appeared to be the blade of a knife.  Corporal William Kershaw, of the mounted police, proved taking the prisoner into custody at Cutter’s inn.
Mr. William Sherman, surgeon, proved that the wounds inflicted by the prisoner on the body of M’Gregor, were of such a nature as to place his life in danger.
The case for the Crown being closed, the prisoner in defence denied all knowledge of the transaction.
The Jury, without leaving the box, found the prisoner guilty on the second count, on which he was sentenced to be transported for the period of fifteen years.
Sydney Morning Herald, 12 Sep 1845.

Tasmanian Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON39-1-2$init=CON39-1-2p227
187. Cornelius Mahoney.

Ticket of Leave granted.
Cornelius Mahoney, Wanderer.
The Cornwall Chronicle, 11 June 1853.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 2nd June, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

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