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Denis Murphy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Denis Murphy
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 15th November, 1884
Age: 81 years

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing a horse
Convicted at: Queens County Ireland
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Borodino
Departure date: 11th February, 1828
Arrival date: 12th July, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 17 other convicts


Primary source: Convict indents, Certificate of freedom, Dunwich Benevolent Asylum records
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Community Contributions

Heather Stevens on 3rd June, 2019 wrote:

Born Queens County (County Laois), Ireland, parents Patrick Murphy and Anne Heale, according to his record at Dunwich Benevolent Asylum.

He was tried at Queens County Assizes 28 July 1827 and sentenced to death for horse stealing according to a newspaper report, and apparently this sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. [Tipperary Free Press 8 August 1827]

Transported on the ‘Borodino’, which arrived Port Jackson in July 1828.

According to his convict indent he was a ploughman, 25, Roman Catholic, could read and write, single, 5 ft 6 3/4in, ruddy and freckled, red to sandy hair, light hazel eyes, tattoos DM left arm and a crucifix IHS on right arm. He was assigned to Arthur Hart of Concord, where he was in the 1828 census as a servant.

Certificate of Freedom 20 Oct 1834

Marriage 1843 Melbourne to Julia Ryan, and according to his record at Dunwich Benevolent Asylum, had children -  Anne (1843), Mary (1845), Timothy (1852), Margaret (1853) and ‘3 girls dead’.

Admitted to Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 29 Dec 1881, age 79, due to Senile Debility

The Asylum record has the information:
Labourer, born Queens County, son of Patrick Murphy, farmer and Anne Heale.
Married at Melbourne, husband of Julia Ryan - ‘wife believed to be living in Victoria’
‘Came to Sydney ship “Borodino” in 1828. Have been off and on in the Colony for many years. Was employed 14 years at Fassifern.’

Date of death 15 Nov 1884 at Dunwich Benevolent Asylum,
Dunwich, Redland City, Queensland.
Buried 16 Nov 1884
The Dunwich Benevolent Asylum record is scanned at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180922934/denis-murphy

Convict Changes History

Heather Stevens on 3rd June, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Convict indents, Certificate of freedom, Dunwich Benevolent Asylum records (prev. ), firstname: Denis, surname: Murphy, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1803, date of death: 15th November,

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