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Private Steven Charles Mulcahy (c1843....... )

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  • Born : circa 1843
  • Where : County Clare  Ireland
  • Occupation : Soldier
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  • Spouse's Name :Caroline Charlotte McHugh
  • Born : c 1838
  • Where :Cork   
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  • Date Arrived : departing a British Port in 1869
  • Ship Arrived on :Southern Empire
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  • Date Married :14 Febuary1856 / 58
  • Where Married : Limerick apparently disowned by her family for doing so.
  • Spouse's Parents ,Bartholomew McHugh and Margaret O'Donoghue
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    Information kindly supplied by Paul Pearce

    Children :

    Herbert in 1873
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    It appears he was a bad boy in New Zealand and was on criminal charges ( newspaper items) as well as ending up on the deserters books.
    He definitely stayed in Australia but was refused a pension from the army because of his record. He had a son born here and at that stage he was a labourer, later when his daughter married he was a clerk. Finally in 1903 a son died and he was listed as a weights inspector. That last item does not necessarily mean he was alive at that time and in fact we can find no official trace of him other than on the aforementioned certificates. His wife spent time in and out of a women's refuge asylum for what reason we can only speculate on. She was in from 1884 till her death in the 1920's. The directories show her but not him nor do the electoral rolls list him. He is not in the death indexes nor inquest indexes. I have not seen his name in the Police Gazettes, so he appears to have kept out of trouble here.
    Stephen Mulcahy was charged with Highway Robbery with a friend. They had attacked and robbed a man after leaving a pub. In the subsequent trial it came out that all were drunk and Mulcahy had started a fight with the victim, who removed his coat to fight Mulcahy.  Mulcahy's mate then seized this opportunity, grabbed the coat and took out a purse an took off with it. The owner went to stop him but Mulcahy was intent on fighting him. The judge dismissed the case against Mulcahy on the grounds basically that he was not a willing participant in the robbery. The other offender got off lightly receiving only 6 months imprisonment .The regiments officer spoke at the trial and suggested that a spell in jail to many of these men would be no worse than being in the army
    Mulcahy though had been in front of the court twice before. Once for breaking into a house of ill fame and on a second occasion for beating a woman ( not his wife).  Of the first offence no further reference is made as yet but on the second the witnesses       (including the person he beat) did not present them selves and he was let off.
     
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    Family Members Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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    Last revised: Friday, 29 January 2010 07:46:30