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Maurice Mahony

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Maurice Mahony
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Rioting/unlawful oaths
Convicted at: Waterford Ireland
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Canada
Departure date: 5th December, 1814
Arrival date: 5th August, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 13 other convicts


Primary source: State Records of NSW - "Canada" ship indent, Conditional Pardons 1834; Freemans Journal 4/8/1814 (Ireland);
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Robin Sharkey on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

Maurice Mahony was tried at the summer Assizes at Waterford in 1814, first being acquitted of the murder of one Patrick Power, but found guilty of manslaughter and then found guilty of assembling and appearing in arms. On this he was sentenced to transportation for life.  Two older brothers, Michael Mahony and Patrick Mahony, were tried on the same indictments and sentenced with him, all clearly being involved in the kid of agrarian activity that sought to further the interests of local native Irish farmers they believed were being exploited by landlords and middlemen.

They were sons of John & Julia Mahony (from death registers) Other family members were from the townland of Kilwatermoney, (per their immigration ship indents) which is near Dunmoon, the place where the brothers allegedly killed John Power.  People named Morrissey, like their co-accused, were later listed at Dunmoon townlands in the tithe applotment books of 1820’s, as was John Mahony (father?).

All three Mahony brothers travelled to NSW together on the transport ship “Canada” leaving Cork on 5th December 1814, arriving 5th August 1815. Maurice was aged 21 years.(per indent)

They prospered together in NSW, living and working together on land acquired at Pitt Town after being pardoned, breeding and selling horses, and taking up land in the 1830’s at Porters Retreat near what became Oberon, NSW.  They (specifically Michael) sponsored out to NSW several of their siblings with wives and children, some of whom stayed around Pitt Town and others of whom went to Porters Retreat.

Freemans Journal, Thursday 4th August 1814
On Saturday the Hon. Judge Day opened the Commission, in the Crown Court,  …
Maurice Mahony, John Mahony, Patrick Mahony, Michael Mahony, John Morrissy, Michael Morrissy and Julian Morrissy, indicted for the murder of John Power, at a hurling match at Dunmoon, on the 2d of January last. Acquitted all but Maurice Mahony, who was found Guilty of Manslaughter.  Sentence not yet passed.

Said Maurice Mahony, Patrick Mahony and Michael Mahony, for administering an unlawful oath on a book, to James Power, brother of the man mentioned above as murdered, on 4th December last, at Lesnerah.  All Guilty.  Sentence not yet passed, it is a transportable felony.

Belfast Newsletter - Tues 6 August 1814 page 4:
Patrick, Michael and Maurice Mahony were tried for the murder of John Power - Acquitted of the murder but found guilty of manslaughter. They were afterwards tried on the Whiteboy Act, for unlawfully assembling and appearing in arms, on night of 4th December [i.e.1813] and Michael Mahony for administering unlawful oaths - Guilty against the three prisoners - To be transported for life.

Indent of ‘Canada’:
August 1815 Maurice Mahony, Age: 21, Born: Waterford Labourer,  Height: 5/6 1/2, Complexion: Fair Pale, Hair: Brown, Eyes: Hazel, Convicted: Aug 1814 Waterford LIFE Transported per Canada,
Ticket of Leave 1132; Conditional Pardon 214

1822 Gov Servant to his brother Patrick Mahoney [sic] Windsor (Michael Mahony lives there too)

1825 landholder, Windsor
Sydney Gazette 7 April 1825
Commissariat Department The following tenders of wheat and maize are accepted:
* Deliverable at Windsor:
Patrick Mahoney, Windsor,  price: 9s 0d 100 bushels
Patrick Mahoney, Pitt-town,  price: 9s 0d 100 bushels
Maurice Mahony, pitt-Town price: 9s 6d 100 bushels

1828 Maurice “Mahoney”  Age 30 CATHOLIC. Arrived per Canada 1815 LIFE Ticket of Leave Householder: Michael Mahoney, PITT TOWN.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 10th February, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: State Records of NSW - "Canada" ship indent, Conditional Pardons 1834; Freemans Journal 4/8/1814 (Ireland); (prev. ), firstname: Maurice, surname: Mahony, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth:

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