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William Mulligan (c. 1805–1887)

William Mulligan, a weaver and farm labourer, was sentenced to 7 years transportation at Down, Ireland, for stealing a piece of linen. He was a widower with four children. He arrived in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in January 1849 aboard the Pestonjee Bomanjee. He was described as being 5 feet 3¾ inches tall, had a dark complexion, black hair, and grey eyes. He could read a little but could not write. He was granted a ticket of leave on 6 December 1848 and a certificate of freedom on 1 April 1854. He married Harriet Campbell on 1 September 1850. Following his wife's death in 1860, William married Jane Fitzsimmons on 27 September 1860 at Brighton.

William Mulligan died on 13 March 1887 at North Bridgewater, Tasmania. His occupation was given as storekeeper, and his age as 82.

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c. 1805
Downpatrick, Down, Ireland


13 March, 1887 (aged ~ 82)
Brighton, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years