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Andrew Mckew

Andrew McKew, one of 200 convicts transported on the Indefatigable, October 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Andrew Mckew
Aliases: Mccue, M'cue, Shales
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1786
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 14th May, 1830
Age: 44 years

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 Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Bucks. Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Indefatigable
Departure date: October, 1814
Arrival date: 26th April, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 177 (90)
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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Robyn Everist on 11th July, 2018 wrote:

Conduct record

14 May 1830 - execution for burglary
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/233096339?searchTerm=executions        &searchLimits=l-year=1830|||l-month=5|||l-state=Tasmania|||l-decade=183|||sortby=dateAsc#

Robyn Everist on 11th July, 2018 wrote:


Ship – 1814 Indefatigable to NSW
Ship – Kangaroo to VDL
Trial – Aylesbury March 1814
Sentence – life

Height – 5’ 9 ½ “
Hair – brown
Eyes – grey
Age – 28
Trade – labourer
Native place – Ireland
Scar over left eyebrow
Sentenced to be Executed – March 1830
Execution – 14 May 1830

Robyn Everist on 11th July, 2018 wrote:

Conduct record transcription:
Dec 4 1819 - gross misconduct, forfeit ticket of leave.

Dec 14 1819 - drunk and disorderly, 1 week for Govt in his own time

May 26 1820 - stealing a whale boat and absconding, 200 lashes and to be sent to Newcastle for the remainder of his sentence.

May 25 1824 - absconding into the woods, 100 lashes and labour 6 months in irons

June 10 1824 - robbing his fellow prisoner of his shoes, 7 days solitary confinement on bread and water.

Sept 6 1825 - neglect of duty as a constable, 25 lashes and discharged as constable. Corporal punishment remitted.

April 3 1824 - absconding from Macquarie Harbour, to be returned.

July 6 1829 - overseer of chain gang, drinking with James Blower one of his gang in a public house, and causing the removal of his irons. Dismissed from his position and ordered to be placed in P.W. Hobart Town.

Feb 12 1830 - Feloniously assaulting John Robins the elder of Glenorchy on the Kings Highway at Glenorchy aforesaid on the 4th inst’ and putting him in bodily fear and stealing in teh dwelling house of the said John Robins the elder one metal watch of the value of £2 and divers other articles of the value of £5 and upwards of the goods and chattles John Robins the younger of Glenorchy, Committed for trial

Mar 16 1830 - to be hung

May 14 1830 - executed at Hobart Town

Maureen Withey on 22nd November, 2019 wrote:

Irish Convict Database , by Peter Mayberry:
Andrew McKew, age 27, Indefatigable 2 1815, convicted at Buckingham Assizes, 1814, Life, native of Wicklow, trade – miner.

Michael Dogherty, Andrew McKew, and Thomas Butler, three desperate characters,  lately made their escape out of Aylesbury prison ; but their want of knowledge of the town and country caused them soon to be retaken, and properly secured again in the prison. They are charged with highway robbery, in stopping and robbing Mr. John Ridgway, of Shenley, Bucks, in the parish of Woolverton, of upwards of 10L. in of bank notes, &c. Mr. Ridgway was returning home of from market on horseback, when he was stopped and robbed by the prisoners, barbarously ill-treated, and left in a ditch for dead. A neighbour and friend of his, having followed him from market, his attention was drawn to the to the ditch by the groans of Mr. Ridgway, whom he found wounded and bruised in a most shocking manner, and the saddle of his horse pressed upon his face with an intent of smothering him. His friend got him out of the ditch, and rendered him every possible assistance, and having learnt from Mr. Ridgway a description of the robbers, he traced and pursued them in to Fenny Stratford, where, with proper assistance, he had them secured, and, on searching them, the property of which they had robbed Mr. Ridgway was found upon them.
Morning Chronicle, 8 Mar 1814

Thomas Butler, convicted with Andrew McKew, later made a statement, in 1829, having been transported, which throws light on the early days of his two accomplices, although his account of the robbery contradicts the newspaper reports of the time.

The voluntary statement of Thomas Butler who saith I was born at Tulla in the county of Carlow Ireland. My father was a farmer, I left my Father’s house in 1812 I was then about twenty years of age I went to Dublin and enlisted for a soldier in the 25th light dragoons I remained in the Regiment for a year and a half and deserted from it in Maidstone in Kent two of my comrades deserted with me and on our road to Liverpool being without money we stopped a Mr John Ridgeway on the High Road near Stoney Stratford on an evening in September 1813 and robbed him of between nine and ten pounds in money, we took nothing else from his person we did not ill use him, I held his horse whilst the other men took the money from him which he gave up readily and then rode towards London, we proceeded along the Liverpool road to Daventry, we were in Regimentals when we committed the robbery, but had no arms we bought some coloured cloths at Lancaster/Towcester? and left our fatigue dresses there, the next morning we were taken in Daventry examined the same day by some Magistrates at Stoney Stratford and committed to Aylesbury Gaol and tried on the ninth of March 1814 before Sir Vicary Gibbs and cast for Death, I was transported to New South Wales in the Indefatigable and arrived in Sydney in April 1815. ....

Sentenced to Death, later reprieved to Tranportation for Life.

Maureen Withey on 22nd November, 2019 wrote:

Michael Dogherty, Andrew M’Kew, alias Shales, and Thomas Butler, for highway robbery;  Norfolk Chronicle, 19 Mar 1814

Convict Changes History

Robyn Everist on 11th July, 2018 made the following changes:

surname: Mckew (prev. McKew), alias1: Mccue, alias2: M'cue, date of death: 14th May, 1830 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Robyn Everist on 11th July, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1786 (prev. 0000), occupation

Maureen Withey on 22nd November, 2019 made the following changes:


Maureen Withey on 22nd November, 2019 made the following changes:

alias3: Shales

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