Patrick Murphy was born on 21 December 1838 and baptised at Ardfinnan Catholic Church, County Tipperary, Ireland on 6 January 1839. His parents were Thomas Murphy and Bridget Lahy, who were married at Ardfinnan on 28 November 1835. Patrick’s older brother was John, who was baptised at Ardfinnan on 20 May 1836. John was my great-grandfather.
Patrick’s father Thomas was convicted at Clonmel on 8 March 1839 for stealing a sheep. He was transported to Sydney, New South Wales on the ship Blenheim (2). He received his Certificate of Freedom on 9 January 1850, bought land at Longbottom, Concord on 21 September 1854 and was killed by a falling tree on 15 October 1856.
Patrick’s mother Bridget was convicted of burning down a house at Gortacullin townland, Parish of Ballybacon, County Tipperary in July 1840. She was transported to Hobart with her sister Mary Lahy on the ship Mexborough, arriving in Hobart in December 1841.
Patrick aged three and John aged five were admitted to the Queen’s Orphan School on 4 January 1842. On 2 June 1846, they were delivered to their mother Bridget who had a Ticket of Leave. After Bridget’s Conditional Pardon was approved, she and her sons were the only steerage passengers on the ship Bangalore to Sydney on 28 July 1848. Bridget died on 11 September 1890 at Burwood Road, Canterbury, Sydney.
Patrick lived in Longbottom, Concord during the 1850s. No marriage has been confirmed. He led a wandering life, often in court for stealing, drunkenness and bad language. Patrick died on 19 January 1917 in the sea wall reserve at Kiama on the south coast of New South Wales. His death certificate confirmed he was the son of Thomas Murphy and Bridget Leahy.