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Michael Mahony

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael 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: 21st March, 1817
Arrival date: 6th August, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 23 other convicts


Primary source: SR-NSW _ ship's Indents "Canada" arr 1815; Tickets of Leave & Conditional pardons; 1828 Census
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Robin Sharkey on 11th February, 2016 wrote:

Michael Mahony was tried with his younger brothers Patrick and Maurice at the Waterford 1814 summer Assizes, for the murder at the beginning of January 1814 of John Power at a hurling match at Dunmoon, Waterford.  Newspaper accounts varied - one reporting they were all acquitted, another that Maurice was found guilty.

At the same assizes they were then tried for either administering an unlawful oath to the dead man’s brother James Power at Lisnerah on 4 December 1813 and all found guilty of that,
OR tried for assembling and appearing in arms and all found guilty,  with only Michael also found guilty of administering the unlawful oath - again the newspaper accounts differed. IN any case, all three brothers were sentenced to transportation for life under some aspect of the Whiteboy Act. 

They were sons of John & Julia Mahony (from death registers) and seem to come from around Dunmoon, possibly Kilwatermoney, where other family members were from (per immigration ship indents) which is close to 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 (possibly their father). Lisnerah where oaths were allegedly administered to James Power was probably Lisnageragh 60 km (35 miles)  north.

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 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.  Michael was the sponsor to NSW of several of their siblings with wives and children, some of whom stayed around Pitt Town while others went to Porters Retreat.
Siblings sponsored in 1855 Thomas & Catherine Mahony and children.
widowed Catherine Cleary and Children;  and Johanna Murray with children. It appeared Mary/Honora Murray and her husband had been sponsored out earlier although the husband died a few weeks after arrival.

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’:
Michael Mahony, Age: 21, Born: Waterford Labourer,  Height: 5/6 1/4, Complexion: Fair Pale, Hair: Brown, Eyes: Hazel, Convicted: Aug 1814 Waterford LIFE Transported per Canada,
Ticket of Leave 1024;  Conditional Pardon 213

Patrick got a ticket of Leave before the others did, so they went to work for him:

1822 Michael is Gov Servant to his brother Patrick Mahoney [sic] Windsor

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

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 11th February, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: SR-NSW _ ship's Indents "Canada" arr 1815; Tickets of Leave & Conditional pardons; 1828 Census (prev. ), firstname: Michael, surname: Mahony, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1793, date o

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