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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy, one of 200 convicts transported on the Anna Maria, 04 October 1851

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Murphy
Aliases: Currie (alias)
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Country servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing fowls
Convicted at: Scotland. Ayr Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Anna Maria
Departure date: 4th October, 1851
Arrival date: 26th January, 1852
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 244
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

Laurence Macintyre on 25th April, 2017 wrote:

The following article appears in the Glasgow Herald on 25 April 1851:-


Mary Murphy or Currie, charged with the theft of three hens, from the farm of Dykesmains, near Ardrossan, in January, previously convicted, pleaded guilty; and was sentenced to be transported for seven years.”

Ardrossan is a coastal town in the County of Ayr. Dykesmains Farm today (25/4/2017) would be considered to be in the town of Saltcoats but still in the Parish of Ardrossan.

D Wong on 26th April, 2017 wrote:

Mary Murphy was listed as being 50 years old on arrival in VDL, she was born in Selkirk, Scotland.

Prior convictions: 4 times in prison before.

Mary was 5’3” tall, hair turning grey, grey eyes, can read and write, protestant married with 3 children.

13/6/1854: TOL

25/12/1855: Permission to marry Thomas Kelly ‘Ratcliffe 1845’

14/1/1856: Married Thomas Kelly ‘Ratcliffe 1845’ He was listed as 55 a widower and Mary as 50 years old widow at St Johns church, Newtown, Hobart.

27/4/1858: Free Certificate.

Convict Changes History

Laurence Macintyre on 25th April, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: Currie (alias) (prev. Currie (Alias)), crime

D Wong on 26th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation

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