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Irwin, Andrew (c. 1864–?)

by Chris Cunneen

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Andrew Irwin, 1891

Andrew Irwin, 1891

Queensland State Archives, ITM341532, DR17783

Andrew Irwin, also known as Andrew Irvine (1864-), shearer and gaoled trade unionist

Birth: 1864 in New South Wales. Marriage: unknown. Death: unknown. Religion: Presbyterian. 

  • Lived with his family in New South Wales but sheared regularly in Queensland.
  • Arrested on 26 May 1891 by zealous police officers and charged with setting a fire on Robert Christison’s Lammermoor station, near Hughenden. At Townsville on 4 June 1891 was convicted of arson and sentenced by Judge Cooper to seven years penal servitude.
  • Prison records describe him as a shearer, native of New South Wales, able to read and write, aged 27, of stout build, 5 feet 10 ¾ inches (179 cm) tall, with a fresh complexion, brown hair and grey eyes.
  • In response to his petition for mercy, he was discharged by special remission on 16 July 1893.

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Chris Cunneen, 'Irwin, Andrew (c. 1864–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/irwin-andrew-32353/text40098, accessed 7 October 2022.

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Andrew Irwin, 1891

Andrew Irwin, 1891

Queensland State Archives, ITM341532, DR17783