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Kennedy Murray (1770–1853)

Kennedy Murray was sentenced to fourteen years transportation for stealing six knives, a pair of striped garters and some knittings with a pair of plated buckles. He arrived in Sydney in 1792 aboard the Pitt. In 1796 he was transferred to Norfolk Island where he formed a relationship with Ann White. They had two children before Murray left the island for Tasmania in 1805. By 1809 he was back in New South Wales and had been granted 30 acres of land on the Nepean River.

In 1814 Murray was living in a common law marriage with Ann Parker.  He was convicted of poultry theft in 1820. His wife Ann was committed to the Liverpool Lunatic Asylum in 1823; it is thought she suffered from epilepsy. His youngest children were sent to the male orphanage where they remained until adulthood. He died at his oldest son's house in Tasmania in 1853.

*further information: Peter McKay, A Nation Within a Nation: The Lucas Clan in Australia (2004), pp 1603-04

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  • death notice, Launceston Examiner (Tas), 23 June 1853, p 5

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18 June, 1853 (aged ~ 83)
Morven, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years