Collection RS137 - Letters from John Martin

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Letters from John Martin


  • 1849 (Creation)

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1 file (typed copies of 4 letters)

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John Martin (8 September 1812 – 29 March 1875) was an Irish nationalist activist. He was born into a landed Presbyterian family, the son of Samuel and Jane (née Harshaw) Martin, in Newry, County Down. He received an Arts degree at Trinity College, Dublin in 1832 and proceeded to study medicine. He published the anti-British journal, "The Irish Felon", and established "The Felon Club". This led to a warrant for his arrest, and he turned himself in on 8 July 1848. Martin was sentenced on 18 August 1848 to 10 years transportation to Van Diemen's Land. For more information see : and

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Copies of letters written by John Martin, June to November 1849 to his brother David, from Dublin, the ship 'Elphinstone' and from Bothwell, Tasmania. Martin was an Irish political prisoner transported to Van Diemen's Land.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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McElroy, JA 1932 , 'Letters of John Martin, the Irish political prisoner' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 47-54 .

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