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David Meffan

David Meffan, one of 135 convicts transported on the Canada, 23 April 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Meffan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Shopbreaking & theft
Convicted at: Glasgow Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Canada
Departure date: 23rd April, 1819
Arrival date: 1st September, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 135 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 143 (73)
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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Community Contributions

Anonymous on 8th June, 2012 wrote:

David Meffan/Mathven was 20 years old when indicted along with his brother Andrew Mathven-Publican, assistant to his brother David:Address:New Vennel, High Street, Glasgow, Ralph Woodness aged 22 groom Saltmarket Glasgow, Robert Reid aged 25 Fisherman Glasgow and Alexander Robertson-Prisoner in Glasgow.10/5/1822:

Appointed to be overseer of Falling Gangs at Emu Plains, salary 10 pounds per annum (Listed as Miffen)

12/2/1824: TOL
6/10/1825: COF
1/11/1825: Overseer of Government Establishment at Newcastle.  On list of Land granted and reserved by Gov.Brisbane.
1828 Census: Labourer, age 31, free by servitude.  Employed by Eben Knox.

1835: Married Phoebe McQueen/Phebe M’Queen, Hunter/Maitland district.

Could find no children or date of death.

Maureen Withey on 14th February, 2020 wrote:

Glasgow. The Court was opened here on the 30th ult. and continued till the 3d inst.  —David Meffan, theft, 7 years.
The Scots Magazine, 1 Oct 1818.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 8th June, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1798-00-00, gender m

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