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James Murphy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Murphy
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Robbery
Convicted at: Dublin City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 13th February, 1824
Arrival date: 15th July, 1824
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 57 other convicts


Primary source: Phoenix Hulk Entrances Books; The Australian Friday 11 September 1829 and other Newspaper.
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Wendy Smith on 26th April, 2019 wrote:

Arrived in Australian and assigned to a property in what is now Canberra.  Escaped and joined fellow escapee in Brindabella Mountain Range.  Committed and tried before Mr Justice Dowling along with Mr John Tennant, Mr Thomas Cain and Kane and Mr John Ricks or Rix.  He was indicted for a robbery in a hut belonging to Mr Robert Campbell, Sen., Esq. in Argyle on 21 November 1827 where property belonging to Mr James Ainsle was stolen and putting Mr Charles Bowmen in bodily fear. Found guilty and sentenced to seven years transportation to Norfolk Island with a further seven years for another crime.
Some other information on James Murphy can be found in the official history of Canberra 1820-1913 Volume 1 by Lyall Gillespie published 1991 and Queanbeyan History and People by Errol Lea-Scarlett published in 1968.

Maureen Withey on 19th September, 2020 wrote:

Government Notice. Colonial Secretary’s Office, 27th December, 1827.
WHEREAS Information has been received, that the House, of Mr. Peter Stuckey, at the Wollindilly River, in the County of Argyle, was, on Sunday last, the 23rd instant, attacked and plundered by a Party of armed Bushrangers, who have committed numerous other Depredations ; and there is Reason to believe, that the undermentioned Individuals, with John Tennant, per Prince Regent, for whom a Reward of Twenty Pounds, and a Ticket of Leave, was offered by the Government Notice, of the 4th September, were concerned in the said Outrage; Notice is hereby given, that the Sum of TEN POUNDS will be paid to any Person or Persons, who may apprehend and lodge any one of the Individuals alluded to, in one of His Majesty’s Gaols.
James Brown, or Brune, a Frenchman, formerly in the Service of Mr. Stuckey.
Thomas Keane, per Sir Godfrey Webster, a Native of Meath, twenty-two Years of Age, 5 Feet 7 1/2 Inches in Height, dark ruddy Complexion, and pock-pitted, light brown Hair, grey Eyes, with a burnt Mark on left Elbow, and a small Cut over right Eye-brow.

James Murphy, per Prince Regent, (3) a Native of Dublin, nineteen Years of Age. 4 Feet 10 ½ nches in Height, fresh freckled Complexion, brown Hair, and grey Eyes.

By His Excellency’s Command,
Sydney Gazette, 31 Dec 1827.

Convict Changes History

Wendy Smith on 26th April, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Phoenix Hulk Entrances Books; The Australian Friday 11 September 1829 and other Newspaper. (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Murphy, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death

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