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John Abrahams, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||14th November, 1824
life span was 57 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||London Gaol Delivery
1st January, 1818
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 180 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 375 (189)
||This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.
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D Wong on 17th February, 2018 wrote:
JOHN ABRAHAMS, Theft > theft from a specified place, 19th February 1817.
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
JOHN ABRAHAMS, was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of January, ten pieces of ribbon, containing 210 yards, value 5l., the property of John Herbert, in his dwelling-house.
JAMES WHITTEM. I am servant to Mr. Herbert, ribbon manufacturer, Wood-street, Cheapside, in the parish of St. Matthew. The prisoner came to our warehouse, about one o’clock in the afternoon, and told me he wanted about 70l. worth of ribbon; and asked me, to show him a sample, which I did on the counter, and told him the prices. I said, that I had better give him a written list of them. I went to the desk to write it. During this time, he walked about near the counter where the goods lay. I gave him the list; he asked me, if we had got any figured satin ribbon. I went to another part of the warehouse to get them, and he went with me. I pulled open the drawer and shewed them to him, he asked me to look out some to the best of my judgment, as he wanted them for shipping and the colours must stand, as he had shipped some before, and they had flown. I observed him put his right hand into his breeches pocket more than once, and saw some ribbon in his hand at the time. He still continued talking about ribbons. After he had put his hand into his pocket several times, he said, he was in a hurry, and would thank me to let him out, and he would call again in a short time - He went out. Before I saw him in the warehouse, I had taken an inventory of the goods on the counter, the warehouse was on the first floor. I followed him down stairs immediately, he run down as fast as he could. When I caught sight of him in the street, he was still running. He had turned into Shovel-court, a little below our house, which was no thoroughfare, and I secured him just at the end of the court, and told him, I suspected that he had property which did not belong to him; he made no answer. I took him into the King’s Head public-house, and gave him in custody to Fullbrook, who was there, and searched him in my presence, and found ten pieces of ribbon on him; the whole of them where Mr. Herbert’s property, and part of those that I had been shewing him.
GEORGE HERBERT. I am the son of John Herbert. I saw the prisoner in my father’s warehouse, the same day that he was taken, in the morning. I saw him there again at one o’clock as I went out.
JOHN FULLBROOK. I was in the King’s Head public-house. Whittem gave the prisoner in charge, and desired me to search him, and I found ten pieces of ribbon on him.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner. I leave myself to the mercy of the court.
GUILTY. - DEATH. Aged 24.
Colonial Secretary Papers:
ABRAHAMS, John. Per “Ocean”, 1818
1818 Jan 16: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Ocean” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3497 p.307)
1818 Oct 19: On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.107)
1821 Apr 16: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6007; 4/3503 p.221)
1823 Nov 25: On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.91, 450-1)
6/11/1823 Sydney Gazette:
John Abrahams, Ocean (3). 31, London 5 feet 4 inches high, black eyes, black bair, dark
Absconded from Mr Chandler’s Clearing Party.
14/11/1824: (Burial Date) - John Abraham died and was buried at the Allman Hill Burying Ground, Port Macquarie, aged 31.
Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 wrote:
Medical Journal of Ocean for 21 June 1817 to 16 Jan 1818, by George Fairfowl.
Folio 21: Isaac Abrahams, Convict, aged 24; disease or hurt, dysentery. Taken ill, 22 December 1817. Dismissed 10 January 1818.
Convict Changes History
D Wong on 17th February, 2018 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), date of death: 14th November, 1824 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime