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Ellen Murphy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ellen Murphy
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1789
Occupation: Country servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Cork City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Margaret
Departure date: 1st September, 1838
Arrival date: 5th January, 1839
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 11 other convicts


Primary source: List of 100 Female Convicts by the ship Margaret, arrived from Ireland 5th January 1839
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Community Contributions

Kerry Boyle on 13th May, 2015 wrote:

Three daughters Catherine, Honora and Mary Ann also on the same ship as convicts. Son John already in the colony, a prisoner for 7 years, 4 years ago.

Robin Sharkey on 18th September, 2015 wrote:

ELLEN MUrphy. Aged 50. Widow. Can read and write. Country Servant.  Offence: Stealing a cloak. Tried 9 February 1838
Description: 5ft 5 &1/2 inch, [quite tall] brown and freckled complexion, brown to grey hair and grey eyes.
Ellen may have had some difficulty eating properly - she had lost all her upper teeth and one lower front tooth.

Ellen went to trial in Cork City first, in February 1838, followed in March by Catherine for housebreaking (10 yrs), April by Mary for stealing boots and August by Honora aged only 14, for stealing clothes.  Appears to have been a calculated effort by each of the daughters to get themselves sentenced to transportation as well, all joining the mother on the same ship in September1838.

On 4 March 1843 Ellen got a ticket of leave to remain in the District of Camden. How would she have supported herself?  Her daughter Mary who came on the same ship married in 1843 to William Dennis, convict Fr by Serv. Mary Murphy-Dennis had her ticket of leave altered on 1st Feb 1844 to be able to reside in Camden.
* On 2 April 1845 Catherine’s ticket was altered to allow her to remain in Picton District
* In April 1843 Honora, who married in the Goulburn District in 1843, had her ticket altered also to be able to reside in District of Picton (although altered back to Goulburn in oct 1843)

Kerry Boyle on 12th November, 2016 wrote:

Ellen, a widow, and her daughters, Mary, Catherine and Honora were all convicted at the same time and travelled on the same ship.  A son, John, had been convicted and sentenced to time in Australia several years previous.

DJ Gleeson on 24th June, 2019 wrote:

On 28 January 1845 Ellen Murphy, aged 56 and holding a Ticket of Leave, required colonial administrators’ permission to marry Bryan Carlon, 65 years (who had received a Conditional Pardon in 1835.) Marriage occurred in early February at St John’s Campbelltown. Bryan Carlon (Carolan) had arrived as Bryan CARROLL per Hadlow 2 in 1820 from Bailieborough, Co Cavan. Bryan and his arrived - first wife Ann (nee Reilly died 1843) and son, Patrick, pioneered the Burragorang Valley in 1831.

Convict Changes History

Kerry Boyle on 13th May, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: List of 100 Female Convicts by the ship Margaret, arrived from Ireland 5th January 1839 (prev. ), firstname: Ellen, surname: Murphy, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1789, date of death: 0

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