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Kennedy Murray

Kennedy Murray, one of 404 convicts transported on the Pitt, June 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Kennedy Murray
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: Gentleman
Date of Death: 18th June, 1853
Age: 82 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Shopbreaking & theft
Convicted at: Glasgow Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Pitt
Departure date: June, 1791
Arrival date: 14th February, 1792
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 402 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 171 (87)
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

Colin Rowley on 19th October, 2014 wrote:

Died in Tasmania. Built Prosperous House in Launceston.

Denis Pember on 18th September, 2015 wrote:

Caledonian Mercury Wed 07 Dec 1785 p. 3
On Wednesday last, Kennedy Murray, William Stewart, from Edinburgh, William Macpherson, Thomas Witherspoon, and John Thomson, were apprehended at Glasgow and lodged in prison, for shop-breaking.
[Source: British Newspaper Archive; database online]

Caledonian Mercury Sat 23 Sep 1786 p. 3
Kennedy Murray was accused of theft, and having petitioned for banishment, the same was consented to, on account of his youth and some other favourable circumstances; and he was sentenced to transportation for fourteen years, and seven years service.

Denis Pember on 18th September, 2015 wrote:

On arrival in the colony, Kennedy was sent to Norfolk Island.
Here he formed a liaison with Ann White (Convict, Neptune, 1790).  They had two children.
The relationship evidently broke up in about 1802. In 1814, 14th March, Kennedy married Ann Parker (Convict, Glatton, 1803) and they had 4 sons.

Peter Williams on 12th August, 2019 wrote:

Married?Anne White on Norfolk Island she was later declared insane and committed to Castle Hill asylum in Sydney and was the longest resident and died there date unknown by me
Kennedy Murray moves to Northern Tasmania in the Evandale district

Iris Dunne on 12th August, 2019 wrote:

Australia Death Index: Birth about 1764, aged 89, Death 18 June 1853 at Morven, Tasmania, Registration No.114

Convict Changes History

Colin Rowley on 19th October, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1764 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1853 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Denis Pember on 18th September, 2015 made the following changes:


Colin Rowley on 7th June, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1771 (prev. 1764), occupation

Iris Dunne on 12th August, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 18th June, 1853 (prev. 1853)

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