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Joe Byrne Fact Sheet

A quick overview of key points about the historical outlaw.

Extract from Byrne’s prison record [PROV]

Full name: Joseph Byrne

Date of Birth: Unknown (supposed to have been around November 1856, or early 1857)

Date of Death: 28/06/1880

Parents: Patrick Byrne & Margret White

Siblings: John, Catherine, Patrick, Mary, Dennis, Margaret, Ellen

Native place: Victoria (Australia)


Recorded features: Height – 5’9½”; complexion – fair; Hair – light brown; Eyes – blue.

Occupation: Labourer

Religion: Roman Catholic

Education: Read & write

Convictions: May 1876 – 6 months for unlawful possession of the carcass of a cow.

Byrne’s prison record [PROV]


* “Joseph Byrne wore grey tweed paget coat, brown tweed trousers and vest, Rob Roy shirt, black tie, elastic side boots, and light felt hat.” (December 1878)

* “Byrne stands nearly six feet high, long features, fair complexion, and an effeminate cast of countenance, and of a nervous disposition; his manner is quiet, and he appears to a casual observer an inoffensive man.” (February 1879)

* “Joseph Byrne, 21 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches high, thin build, fair complexion and hair, small whiskers, beard, and moustache of same color, grey eyes, active appearance, has a peculiar swagger when walking ; dressed in light tweed paget suit, and light felt hat with turned-down crown.” (March 1879)

“Joe Byrne” by Sidney Nolan, 1956 [NGA]

By AJFPhelan56

Father, writer, artist and bushranging historian residing in Melbourne, Australia. Author of 'Glenrowan' and the popular website A Guide to Australian Bushranging.

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