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Patrick Feagan (c. 1812–1830)

Patrick Feagan (also known as Patrick Fagan), a labourer, was found guilty in July 1826 at Lancaster, of stealing silver spoons from a house. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Andromeda in February 1827. He was described as being 4 feet 11 inches tall, with light brown hair, and was pickpotted.

Feagan spent most of his first months in a chain gang for various indiscretions such as breaking down the paling of Mr Baker's garden and for gambling. In December 1827 he was sentenced to 7 years transportation for stealing money from a house.

Feagan was sentenced to 25 lashes on 24 March 1828 for being idle and ???? For stealing from William Biggins he received 50 lashes on 9 May 1828 and was recommended to be immediately removed to Macquarie Harbour. He was ordered 25 lashes on 16 May 1828 for feigning sickness. He received 25 lashes for throwing a stone at James Hawley and wounding him on 11 August 1828. For breaking into the sawyer's hut and stealing a piece of ? and ? of bread on 6 May 1830 he was sentenced to 12 days solitary confinement on bread and water.

With four other men Feagan escaped from Macquarie Harbour on 3 September 1830. Once their provisions were exhausted, the men resorted to killing, and eating, each other. Only two — Edward Broughton and Matthew McAlboy — survived. They surrendered to authorities and were executed. Feagan was the third to be killed and cannibalised by the escaped convicts.

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  • Fagan, Patrick

c. 1812
Liverpool, Merseyside, England


1830 (aged ~ 18)
Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

axe wounds

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Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Lancashire
Trial Date: July 1826