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John Alexander

John Alexander, one of 184 convicts transported on the Georgiana, 28 September 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Alexander
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 20th December, 1812
Occupation: Ag lab
Date of Death: 1st June, 1898
Age: 85 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Berks Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Georgiana
Departure date: 28th September, 1832
Arrival date: 1st February, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 427 (214)
Source description: 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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Matt Hudson on 7th May, 2012 wrote:

John was desperate to join his two elder brothers in TAS (Joseph Alexander b1806 ans Matthias Alexander b1810), but was unable to pay his fare of passage. As a consequence, on 16 Jul 1832, John together with James Shuttle also of Ramsbury, was charged at the Berkshire Assizes , held at Abington, with stealing 10 pigs valued at £10 from William Atherton of Ramsbury on 1 Jun 1832. These two were transported on the "Georgiana II" to Van Dieman’s Land (TAS).  The Georgiana II left Portsmouth on 16/10/1832 and arrived in TAS on 1/2/1833.

See also the notes included for Joseph Alexander 1806.

John Was stationed in the Longford district near to his two brothers.  According to his convict behaviour report his character was very bad.  On 14th April 1834 John was sentenced to hard labour for one year, later he was convicted for riotous behaviour and for fighting and his initiasl 7 year sentence was extended.  He received a certificate of freedom in 13th November 1846 (10 years after his two older brothers were pardoned).  He initially went to the Californian gold fields with Mary Ann Thewlis (later to become his 3rd wife), departing without his children, aboard the "Spartan" on 12/5/1850. As there is no record of the children on board it must be assumed that John left his three surviving children with Matthias & Mary Alexander.  There is no record of his voyage home, but returned to Australia when gold was discovered at Ballaratt.  He was successful at the diggings and this is how he acquired the money he would later use to invest in land.  He settled in Table Cape after the gold boom and became by far the biggest landowner on the Cape.  His selection of 1500 acres was divided into 2 blocks, both heavily timbered.  Martin Reading Alexander 1849, his youngest nephew, took up the property and added to it.  By the mid 1870’s he owned almost all the Table Cape plateau and on the southern slopes down to Freestone Cove.

Tim Flynn on 28th April, 2016 wrote:

Character in “Part an Irishman” by T.S.Flynn


Convict Changes History

Matt Hudson on 7th May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1812-12-20, date of death 1898-06-01, gender m

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