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Peter Charles Murphy 1810-1858

Peter Charles Murphy 1810-1858 was born and raised in Drogheda.  Son of Surgeon George Murphy, Peter could read and write, was a warehouseman (special), until he tried his hand at forgery attempting to collect a raffle prize won by an absent seaman.  Tried and convicted 25 Feb 1833 in Drogheda, he was transported to NSW for 7 years penal servitude, and along with 196 fellow prisoners sailed from Cobh on the barque James Laing 16 Feb 1834.  Indent of Prisoners declares Peter was 24 with a ruddy complexion, black hair and hazel eyes and 5'6" tall.  He had several scars on the left side of his forehead, and some scars on the fingers of both hands.  He arrived in Sydney June 1834, his convict number was 34/1037 and ship's list number was 27.  Peter became Chief Constable of Port Macquarie, was known as "Irish Peter" and was very sociably accepted by the time he died in 1858 at Yarrows.  He left a wife Elizabeth Fry (an English woman from Somerset b1811) and two daughters:  Rosina Sarah Murphy Dalton b1839 and Emmeline Sidney Murphy Cockburn b1842.  His legacy to the colony was to be countless descendants.  I am happy to share his Australian details, and would love to know more of his Irish life.

Julie Appleton

Thursday 26th March 2015, 08:51PM

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  • Julie this is a test post as I ahve been unable to post online answer to you.Pat

    St Marys Meath

    Friday 27th March 2015, 11:43PM
  • Hi Julie sorry for sorry for the above but I have been unable to post a reply despite a number of tries. Also for some reason my return key is not working on the site. Anyway Surgeon Murphy was a member of the Louth Militia and the members in 1794 can be viewed here, he is near the bottom of the page. I understand there is a book in preparation on the Louth Militia and if it comes out I will let you know. Also a local lady is doing a thesis on Drogheda Prison, built in 1818  and opened in 1820. Prisoners were sent to Cork and held in Cork Prison prior to transportation. I attach a Google earth Image. I attended a lecture recently by the lady and she will be naming some prisoners in her thesis. Again if it is available I will let you know. As you are no doubt aware Murphy is a common name here. Regards Pat

    St Marys Meath

    Friday 27th March 2015, 11:57PM
  • Hi Pat, I cannot thank you enough.  I find this site to be difficult to work, and gave up. Am visiting Ireland July 28 - Aug 21 - going to Summer School in Colaiste na Rinne after 3 years of trying to teach myself Irish - much fun and little progress.  Will now folloow up your links with glee.  Sorry to have taken so long to get back into it.  Will have time to go to Drogheda to walk those streets.  Ominous history though.  Thanks again,



    Julie Appleton

    Wednesday 29th June 2016, 10:48PM
  • Hi Julie

    enjoy your stay, if you want any info on travel or hotels let me know. Be sure to visit the museum at Millmount and if you are not going to here you will have to come back. I think the miltia were based in Collon about 10 miles away, it is a small village. Also if you want to visit here it is really peaceful it is about 6 miles out of town in remote spot and should take about an hour, no entry fee but donations accepted, it is still in use as a graveyard for locals. 

    Good luck with the Gaelige, you will be putting the rest of us to shame.


    St Peters Louth

    Tuesday 19th July 2016, 11:21PM
  • Julie

    if you would likke to mail me on my site email at I have been informed about an article on Surgeon Murphy which I will try to obtain from a gentleman I met on a history walk last  night. Also had a look at St Peters baptisms online but while comprehensive they are missing the years of Peters birth.

    A Murphy born in Drogheda in 1803 see attached article made a name for himself in America too but Murphy is a common enough name. I will attempt to attach newspaper cutting. 


    St Peters Louth

    Thursday 21st July 2016, 10:58AM

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