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William Murphy (?–?)

William Murphy was found guilty on 12 January 1786 at the Liverpool Quarter Sessions, England, of assault with intent to rob. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Justitia hulk, age unknown, in April 1786 and was discharged to the Alexander in January 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Murphy left the colony on the American ship Hope as a sail maker in January 1793 as soon as his sentence had expired.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 259

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Humphrey, William
  • Humphry, William
Passenger Ship
Key Events
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Convict Record

Crime: assault and robbery
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Lancashire
Trial Date: 12 January 1786


Left the colony: Yes