Patrick McGavran (1765–1792)

PATRICK McGAVRAN was a convict who was buried in an unmarked grave at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on 25 March 1792. At the time, his name was recorded as PATRICK McGOWEN, however, there were no convicts by this name transported up until March 1792. Through a process of elimination and evaluation of similar names, it seems that the individual buried in March was most likely the Irish convict PATRICK McGAVRAN who was tried and convicted at Leitrim County, Ireland in 1790 and sentenced to transportation for life — although, it should be noted that further research may prove otherwise. If the “PATRICK McGOWEN, Convict” buried at St. John’s in March 1792 was indeed McGAVRAN, he was 26 years old and had arrived with the Third Fleet per Queen (1791) on 26 September 1791, and lasted only six months in the colony.


  • Alternate: PATRICK McGOWEN (c.f. burial record)
  • Alternate: PATRICK McGAURAN
  • Alternate: PATRICK McGAWRAN
  • Alternate: PATRICK McGAVIN

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


Primary Sources

  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

Secondary Sources


# Third Fleet

# Irish

# Convict

# Trial Place: Leitrim County, Ireland

# Punishment: Transportation for Life

# Ship: Queen (1791)

# Burial year: 1792

# Grave: unmarked

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