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Tagged With: Moten

John Moten—His Crime, His Trial, The Verdict

Extracts from the “Nenagh Guardian” of the day.      

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Michael Morton’s amazing transportation journey to Australia

MICHAEL’S JOURNEY. Many interesting stories of how Michael came to Australia have been handed down through the various branches of his descendants. Each of these stories has been checked, but no records can be found to verify them. Ireland to Australia No ships carrying either assisted or unassisted immigrants to Australia listed a Morton from … Continue reading »

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Ireland for the Morton / Motens in the late 1840s

Ireland in the late 1840s To better understand the reasons for Michael’s lawlessness, we need to appreciate what conditions were like for people such as he in Ireland at the time. Most of the rural land in Ireland belongs to wealthy men, some of whom live on their properties, administering them personally. Others are absentee … Continue reading »

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John Moten (Morton)

Brother John We mentioned earlier that Michael had an older brother John who had been transported for life to Van Dieman’s Land in 1845, two years before Michael. John, and accomplice Patrick Brien had attempted to assassinate a wealthy landlord, Mr. Theophilus Roe. Roe was on his way to a fair at Templemore when John … Continue reading »

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“In Neptune’s Wake” by Ken Morton

                  Whilst written primarily as a family history for his children, Ken Morton’s book “In Neptune’s Wake” records the story of one of Waanyarra’s pioneering families, the Mortons, and their associated families. The family, established by Irish convict Michael Morton in the early 1850’s lived at Waanyarra … Continue reading »

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