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Matthew Hughes (1770–1845)

Matthew Hughes was a private in the Westmeath Militia, Ireland. He was in charge of a small unit of soldiers during a skirmish in the village of Loughbrickland in County Down. They fired upon some of the villagers, killing several. Hughes was tried, found guilty of murder and sentenced to life transportation. He arrived in Sydney in 1797 aboard the Britannia. He married Mary Small in 1810 and became a schoolteacher at Richmond.

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Castlepollard, Westmeath, Ireland


25 December, 1845 (aged ~ 75)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: murder
Sentence: life