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John Murphy

John Murphy, one of 289 convicts transported on the Thomas Arbuthnot, 06 January 1847

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Murphy
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1823
Occupation: Porter
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Larceny
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Thomas Arbuthnot
Departure date: 6th January, 1847
Arrival date: 4th May, 1847
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land [convicts disembarked at Port Phillip, not Van Diemen's Land]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 142
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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Victoria Parkes on 10th December, 2013 wrote:

Wanting to know if this is same John Murphy who left Melbourne Victoria on the Hellespont later imprisoned at Darlinghurst and associated with Mary Chapple . NEED TO KNOW PLACE OF BIRTH(need to confirm if Wexford Ireland) AND ANYTHING ABOUT HIS DEATH?

D Wong on 10th December, 2013 wrote:

John Murphy was 21 years old when convicted, along with his mother Margaret Murphy (Lloyds 1845 to VDL) for stealing 30 yards of printed cotton, value 16s, the goods of Johnathan Crocker and another, his masters: and Margaret Murphy, for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen.  Margaret pawned the material for 6s. (See Margaret Murphy’s profile).

John’s occupation was a “porter/warehouseman”.

Sick List of the Thomas Arbuthnot: John Murphy: Age 22, prisoner, sick or hurt, Catarrh, put on sick list 3/4/1847 - discharged 14/4/1847, cured.

John disembarked at Port Phillip, he was an exile, which meant he had already served time in prison in England, and would receive his TOL almost immediately.  John was part of the “penton villains” who were exiles and due to a lack of labour in Victoria, were at first welcomed and then other ships were stopped from landing a short time later.

1847: Directory: Labourer - off Bourke Lane.

Do not know what happened to John, but his mother was born in Galway.

Victoria Parkes on 4th August, 2015 wrote:

Birth Record of John Murphy Chapple (later Parkes) is registered in Bathurst in 1856 - mother being Mary Chapple; father as being John Murphy - bothe people resided in Darlinghurst Goal and connected to Parramatta Goal in 1854, 1855

Victoria Parkes on 11th January, 2018 wrote:

Previous information supplied by Victoria Parkes re: John Murphy and Mary Chapple at Darlinghurst is INCORRECT

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 10th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1823, gender, occupation, crime

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