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John Archer

John Archer, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Archer
Aliases: Forrester Archer
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1755
Occupation: Clerk
Date of Death: 29th January, 1818
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 326 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 6
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 10th October, 2021 wrote:

1784 - Old Bailey On-Line
Tried - 26th May 1784
Tried at Old Bailey, London. Accused of theft from a specified place (feloniously stealing, on the 28th of April last, two large coach glasses, value 40 s. the property of the reverend Charles Tarrant , privately in his coach house)

1788- Australia, Convict Index,
Name: John Archer [Forrester Archer]
Age: 33 -  1755
Trial; London - 26 May 1784
Ship: Scarborough - 1788

1816 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters
Clerk. Free by Servitude. H Hall

1817 & 1818 - Clark at Sydney

1818 - Ols Sydney Burial Ground
Name; John Archer
Age; 71
Date of Burial; 31 Jan 1818
Class; Free

1820 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists. 1820
Name; John Archer
Ship; Scarbro’
Trial; London -  March 1784
Sentence; 7 Years - Expired 1791
Employment/Remarks; Clerk - Dead

Heather Stevens on 4th January, 2022 wrote:

Date of death 29th January 1818, “age 71”, burial 31st January, in St Philip’s Church register, Sydney.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 10th October, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Forrester Archer, date of birth: 1755 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1818 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Heather Stevens on 4th January, 2022 made the following changes:

date of death: 29th January, 1818 (prev. 1818)

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