Private, Sirius, First Fleet
My Great x 5 Grandfather
Michael Murphy [Murphey], was born about 1758 in Wexford in Ireland. He was a
glazier/soldier. He could not write. Michael enlisted in the 41st Porstmouth Company as a
private in 1779. He arrived in NSW on 26th January 1788 aboard the Sirius.
26th January 1788: Arrived in NSW aboard the Sirius Private - Royal Marines 41st Company
5th June 1789: Discharged from Sirius books to Port Jackson Detachment.
6th April 1792: Enlisted in NSW Corps
6th April 1798: One year after finishing his tour with the NSW Corp, Michael received a
grant of 60 acres of land at Bankstown.
1799: Received 100 acres of a 200 acre land grant to awarded to himself and fellow soldier
Stephen Gilbert at Bankstown
1800: Re-enlisted in NSW Corps
October 1804: Transferred to Port Dalrymple VDL [Tasmania].
1810: Transferred to NSW Veterans Company when the NSW Regiment was recalled.
1811: Married Hannah Williams on 10th March 1811 at Launceston. Hannah's four
daughters were also christened the same day with the surname Murphy, Michael Murphy
1819-1823: Serving at Emu Plains.
Note: Some researchers have recorded Michael Murphy as being part of the detachment sent
to Norfolk Island in 1813/14 to oversea the evacuation and destruction of buildings. Records
indicate that this is a different Michael Murphy, of the 73rd Regiment.
Marriage: Michael married Hannah [Ann] Williams, convict, Nile, on the 10th March 1811.
Hannah's four daughters were Baptised the same day. It is unclear as to whether Michael
was in fact the father of these children, however he claimed them as his own and gave them
the Murphy surname. Both Michael and Hannah signed their marriage certificate with an X
suggesting they could not write.
Michael's and Hannah's children were:
Ellinor Murphy, born Sydney about 1803, baptised 1811 married Charles Lucas
Elizabeth Murphy, born probably Sydney, 1804, baptised 1811. Elizabeth married three
times, the first when she was only 14 to Alexander McKenzie aged 48.
Jane Murphy, born about 1809, baptised 1811, Port Dalryple married Theophilus Feutrill
Mary Murphy, born about 1807, Port Dalrymple, baptised 1811
Michael Murphy junior, born 1812, baptised 13th March 1814 at Launceston, Tasmania.
Michael married Sarah Elizabeth Baker. Sarah was the daughter of Sarah Gilbert and
William Fellows Baker and granddaughter of Ann Carey and her first husband Stephen
Maria Murphy, born 6th June, 1814, Port Dalrymple, christened 1819. Married Samuel
Feutrill 21st June 1830. Maria died 22nd September 1834 aged 20. One child was born,
Amelia, on 10th July 1834.
Death: Michael died on the 10th January 1823 and was buried at St Matthews church,
Windsor on 11th January 1823. His death was recorded as Mich. Murphy, which was later
transcribed as Arch Murphy and eventually led to the death being registered as Archibald
Murphy which is how it appears in records today. V18235628 2B/1823 MURPHY
ARCHIBALD AGE 63
Left: Hannah Murphy [nee Williams]
gravestone in Warrnambool, Victoria,
with memorial to Michael Murphy.
[Photo courtesy of Ernest Porter and