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Jeremiah Mahony

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jeremiah Mahony
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Gardener
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Larceny
Convicted at: Cork City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Medina
Departure date: 5th September, 1823
Arrival date: 29th December, 1823
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 30 other convicts


Primary source: SR NSW - Indents for transports "Medina", Certificates of Freedom (no no 30142) Gaol Entrance books 1830, 1831, Sydney Gazette 2 July 1831 p3; 1828 Census
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Robin Sharkey on 7th February, 2016 wrote:

Jeremiah Mahony - Larceny of a shop. per Warrants of the Lord Lieutenant of ireland” - 1823 “Medina”

Medina Indent -  TRIED: 26 March 1823. [NOTE: this is the date of the first day of the Sitting)
AGE 19. “Gardener 2 yrs”
5ft7 (he grew 1 inch by the time he got his Cert of Freedom)
Pock pitted complexion, blue eyes, brown hair
Remarks: “Suspected of robbery” [Does this mean of a robbery on board the ship … because most other prisoners’ comments are “Very well”]  Sent to Mr Dight at Richmond.

FROM January 1823 at Sydney August 1824
List of convicts employed by John Dight free of expense to Crown:
Jeremiah Mahony, per ‘Medina’, at Windsor. Dight also had two other ‘Medina’ convicts: Edward Madden and John “Donaghoo” 

1825 Muster - Jeremiah was at Jail Gang, Wilberforce.

1826 -  Sydney Gazette Wed 4 Oct 1826 page 3:
Thomas Fagan, David Charlton, Jeremiah Mahoney, and James Day,  all prisoners of the crown, were brought up, charged with having, on the afternoon of Saturday last, the 23rd instant, stopped and got into   the cart of George Gambling, a little beyond Mr. Robert Cooper’s   distillery, and then and there, with having violently assaulted the said George Gambling, and others in the cart, and demanded their money and property with violent threats and imprecations ; but before they had time to carry them into effect, Mr Robert Cooper, who had been apprized of the cart having been stopped, came up with some of his men and secured three of the prisoners. The fourth, James Day,  made his escape into Mr. Stephen’s premises, where he was pursued and apprehended. According to the evidence of one Timothy Murphy,  who was riding in the cart with Gambling, it appeared that the prisoner Joseph Mahoney, kicked him in the face, and stole from his pocket three dumps and ninepence, in copper coin. The facts were conclusive against the prisoners, and left no doubt of their being guilty, which sentence was recorded against them, and they were thereupon ordered to be severally sent to a penal settlement for the   term of 3 years each. 

1828 Census - Moreton Bay
(Also Thomas Fagan per “Eliza” arrived 22 Nov 1822, aged 19, convicted Lancaster)
1828 - Moreton Bay
(Also David Charlton per Surry in 1822; in 1825 was forwarded to Sydney back down from Port Macquarie,)
And James Day per xxx

26 march 1830 - Cert of Freedom no 30142
Native of Cork, gardener, robbery, tried Cork City, Spring Assizes 1823
Born 1804. 5ft 71/2 in, Ruddy & Freckled, brown hair, light blue eyes a perpendicular scar on nose near right eye.
Native of Co Cork, stealing money tried Cork City 17 March 1825, seven years,  born 1780, 5ft 6 in, fair complexion, sandy bald head, eyes grey, blind of left
Hd a ticket of leave no 30/546 dated 31 August 1830.
Crucifix, sun moon & stars & JM on R arm. [JR: NOTE this is exactly the same as Denis Mahony’s tatts). Blue ring on middle finger of left hand.
“Was exsported to Moreton Bay for three years by the Sydney Bench 30 Sept 1826 for highway robbery.”

April 1830 - One month after getting his CF:
Is this him?
Sydney Gaol Entrance book -
1830, 27 April,  - Jeremiah Mahony, Free, General Sessions, Sydney.
Assaulting Thomas Henry, Crimianl Crt

1831, 11 April   -  Sydney Gaol Entrance book - Jeremiah Mahony, per “Medina”
Admitted by Rossi JP for “A breach of the Peace.  Bail”

BURGLARY with ANTHONY TORPEY also per “Medina” aged only 13 ir 15 years on arrival
1831 - Sydney Gaol Entrance book -
1831, 2 July,  - Jeremiah Mahony, per “Medina” admitted by F Rossi Esq for Assault on the King’s Highway. To a penal settlement for three years. December 20th to parramatta, say burke? hulk?

Criminal Jurisdiction - offence - burglary, Date 17 August 1831 Citation 13477 [T32] 31/116

Sydney Gaol Entrance book-
1831 - Jeremiah Mahony, per “Medina” 1824, B 1805. 5ft 4in Stout make. Sallow complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Another Sydney Gaol Entrance book record -
1831, 2 July,  -
Appear to have the wrong details for Jeremy Mahony in this record:
JEREMIAH MAHONY, per “ISABELLA” [sic] 1823, born 1804,  5ft 6” make: Proportn.  Ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, black eyes. “A troublesome character”
ANTHONY TORPEY per “Medina”, 1823, B 1807, 5ft 41/2 Slender, dark complexion, brown hair, black eyes

Sydney Gazette, 2 July 1831 p 3:
Jeremiah Mahony and Anthony Forley, [sic, i.e. TORPEY] two notorious characters, were placed at the bar, charged with a robbery on the premises of a person named Levey, situate opposite the gaol, in George street.
From the evidence of several witnesses it appeared, that during the morning of Wednesday Mahoney went into Levey’s shop to buy half an ounce of tobacco, and while there asked the lad in charge the price of some hats that stood expose for sale, promising to bring some customers for one or two of them in the after part of the day ;  accordingly, toward evening he again made his appearance with the other prisoner and a couple more companions, and, after bargaining for some time, expressed their dissatisfaction with them and walked off, taking advantage at the same time of the lad’s imperfect vision, which is much affected, to purloin one of the hats; he, however, missed it before they were well out of the shop, and ran to the door, but they had made good their retreat. In the course of the succeeding night they paid another visit, breaking open the shop door, and helping them-selves to four more hats, a shirt, and a pair of trowsers-valued together at two pounds six shillings-but not with the like success, their suspicious movements attracting the notice of the guard, who secured the worthies, together with their plunder.
They now represented themselves as a couple of innocents, but their Worships seemed to entertain a somewhat different opinion, and, after saluting them as old acquaintances, committed them to take their trials for the offence.

* Jeremiah Mahony and Anthony Torpey may have got off this 1831 Charge.  no record of further jail or of transportation.
* However Anthony Torpey was sentenced in 1833 for a highway robbery and sent to norfolk Island for 14 years for that crime.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 7th February, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: SR NSW - Indents for transports "Medina", Certificates of Freedom (no no 30142) Gaol Entrance books 1830, 1831, Sydney Gazette 2 July 1831 p3; 1828 Census (prev. ), firstname: Jeremiah, surname: Mahony, alias

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