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John Amer

John Amer, one of 190 convicts transported on the Mangles, 29 March 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Amer
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1785
Occupation: Gardener
Date of Death: 1820
Age: 35 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing lead
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 29th March, 1820
Arrival date: 7th August, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 280
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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Tony Beale on 9th May, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870 for John Aymer
Index to Letters Received
Inquest on body of John Aymer 12/12/1820 2/8286 pp 403-6 (possibly)

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117. JOHN PHILPOT and JOHN AMER , were indicted for stealing, on the 23d of November , 100 lbs. of lead, value 10 s., the goods of His Majesty , and fixed in a fence belonging to him .
Counsel for the Prosecution, MR. ALLEY.
SECOND COUNT, stating it to be fixed to a building.
GEORGE SLADE . I am a labourer to the Trust at Hampton Court Palace . A pump was stolen from the mews on Sunday, the 28th of November, in the morning, which belonged to the King. I saw it again on Tuesday. The prisoners were then in custody, with a cart; John Philpot ‘s name was on the cart - it was his.
JOHN MARTIN . I am a plumber, and employed at the works at Hampton Court. I compared the pump with the part remaining - it matched exactly. I took the remaining piece from the ground, and matched it in the cart. It was fixed against the fence.
GEORGE MASTERS. I was employed to watch the place where the pump was concealed, which was behind a hay-rick in a meadow, about three hundred yards from where it was stolen. On Tuesday, about a quarter before five o’clock in the morning, I saw the prisoners and two other persons come in a cart; one get out of the cart, went to the place, returned to the cart, and then drove on. I followed and stopped it in less than five minutes. I found the prisoners in the cart with this pump and five other pumps - it weighed 100 lbs. I secured them.
AMER - GUILTY . Aged 34.
Transported for Seven Years .
First Middlesex Jury, before J. Vaillant, Esq.

D Wong on 9th May, 2020 wrote:

No ship found for Thomas Philpot.

John Amer was listed as 36 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Middlesex.

Occupation: Husbandry man and gardener.

John was 5’7” tall, fair pale complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.

This sounds like John Amer - there was only a female convict named Aymer - and he does not appear on the NSW Gov. Convict Records site.

16/12/1820 Sydney Gazette:
FATAL EFFECTS OF LIGHTNING.—On Monday last, the 11th instant, between the hours of 4 and 5 in the afternoon, whilst some labourers were employed in a hay-field on the farm of John Oxley, Esq. at Kirkham, it commenced raining, accompanied by vivid flashes of lightning and loud peals of thunder. The men took shelter in a house recently occupied by Patrick Hart, late overseer to Mr. Oxley : such of them as had been employed mowing, left their scythes standing outside the door. In a few minutes an electric meteor, in the form of a pillar of fire, was seen to cross the yard, and apparently attracted by the scythes, left at the door, entered the house, and struck John Aymer, gardener to Mr. Oxley, who instantly expired. Two other men in the house were also struck, one in the shoulder, and the other in the face, but without sustaining any serious injury. The electric fluid then forced its way throughout the roof of the house, tearing off the shingles in its progress. A man, named William Bates, was grinding at the mill in the house, the shock forced him against the mill, by which he was much cut in the head and face.

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 9th May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1785 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 9th May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 1820 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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