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Orphan Number: 4043
Orphan: John MURPHY
Mother:MURPHY, Bridget
Mother's ship:Mexborough
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:5yrs
Date admitted:4 Jan 1842
Date discharged:1 Jun 1846
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother, Ticket of Leave
References: SWD7, 28

This orphan has been claimed by: Diana Heins

John Murphy was baptised at Ardfinnan Catholic Church, County Tipperary, Ireland on 25 May 1836. His parents were Thomas Murphy and Bridget Lahy, who were married at Ardfinnan on 28 November 1835. John’s younger brother was Patrick, who was baptised at Ardfinnan on 6 January 1839. John was my great-grandfather. Patrick’s orphan record is 4041.

John and 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, and bought land at Longbottom, Concord on 21 September 1854. While wood-cutting, he was killed by a falling branch on 15 October 1856.

John and Patrick’s mother, Bridget was convicted of burning down a house at Gortacullin townland, Parish of Ballybacon, County Tipperary on 28 July 1840. She was transported to Hobart with her sister, Mary Lahy, who was convicted of the same crime, on the ship Mexborough, arriving in Hobart on 26 December 1841.

John aged five and Patrick aged three 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 received a Ticket of Leave on 14 November 1845. After Bridget’s Conditional Pardon was approved on 4 July 1848, 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.

John married Bridget Lynch at St Mary’s Catholic Chapel, Concord, Sydney on 30 December 1858. Frederick, my grandfather, was the 14th of their 15 children. Bridget and John lived at Parramatta Road, Flemington from 1882. John was a horse dealer. Their children worked at the Flemington saleyards with horses and sheep. John died on 16 March 1923 at Flemington. His wife Bridget died on 12 June 1929.

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