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Peter Murphy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Peter Murphy
Aliases: Duff
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Plasterer and tiler
Date of Death: 6th April, 1878
Age: 72 years

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 Life

Crime: Street robbery
Convicted at: Dublin City
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Departure date: 14th February, 1827
Arrival date: 28th June, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 44 other convicts


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Community Contributions

D Wong on 14th October, 2014 wrote:

2 Peter Murphy’s on this voyage.

Peter Murphy (also alias Duff, as is the other Peter Murphy) was 21 years old on arrival.

9/12/1833: Assigned to Patrick Leslie.

1842: TOL Moreton Bay
31/12/1841: CP

4/6/1840: Was assigned to Patrick Leslie, a settler, and they and other convicts formed first settlement on Darling Downs. Leslie described Peter Murphy - Peter Murphy, alias Duff, a “lifer” “about the best plucked fellow I ever came across in my life, and as good a servant as man ever had.”

1842: married Catherine THOMPSON at St Mary’s RC Church, Sydney and had 13? Children, many dying in infancy.

Peter was sergeant of police at Bowen, Port Denison.

6/4/1878: Peter died at Charters Towers, QLD.

13/5/1878 Brisbane Courier:
MURPHY - On the 6th April, at Charters Towers, Queensland, Peter Murphy, sen., aged 72 years, native of Dublin; came to the colonies in 1819, and in 1839 he came overland with Patrick Leslie from Collaroy, New England, to the Darling Downs; they were the first two pioneers from New South Wales to Queensland.

Convict Changes History

Peter Landis on 14th October, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi?requestType=Search2&id=22706 (prev. ), firstname: Peter, surname: Murphy, alias1: Duff, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1806, date of deat

D Wong on 14th October, 2014 made the following changes:

date of death: 6th April, 1878 (prev. 0000)

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