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John Barber

John Barber, one of 200 convicts transported on the Marquis of Wellington, August 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Barber
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 11th May, 1788
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1st March, 1841
Age: 52 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Cambridge Isle of Ely
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Marquis of Wellington
Departure date: August, 1814
Arrival date: 27th January, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 201 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 165 (84)
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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Jennifer McLeod on 6th January, 2015 wrote:

John was born 1788 at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk.  He was a labourer and could write, but in an early convict document John was noted as being a Horse Doctor - an uncommon occupation.  This, in modern times, would make him a veterinarian & possibly the first in Australia.
1817-1820 - A Muster servant to Mr. Hassall.
1821 - Muster servant to Sir John Jamieson
1821 - John married Jane Wyer at St. Luke’s, Liverpool on 23rd April, 1821, Jane’s mother was Sarah Tandy, alias Mary West, who arrived per Experiment on 7th May, 1804, Sydney. Sarah had also been a convict & brought Jane as a babe in arms to Australia.  Sarah married William Burgin, a former convict who became a prominent hotel keeper in Parramatta.
24.6.1821 Son Joseph Rambler born
1822 - Muster servant to I. Mills. Liverpool
1825 - Govt Servant to his wife Jane Barber
1823 - 1828 Several children born
1828 - Certificate of Freedom.

In 1828 Census John was noted as a Protestant & householder at Parramatta with 60acres, 1 horse, 6 cattle. He & Jane’s children thus far were:
Joseph, Lucy, Andrew, William had died 1826.

The family seemed to have moved to Goulburn after a problem with an overseer on Charles Marsden’s estate.  John, by the court, was found innocent of any wrongdoing, but they’re found at Goulburn with the birth of son Henry in 1837

John died the day before the 1841 Census at Goulburn & the Census lists Jane at Bourke Street, Goulburn with 7 living with her.

John’s parents were William Barber & Mary Friend who were married at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk, England in 1783.  They had 11 children.  William died on 6.8.1815 & Mary died 27.10.1849.  61 & 93 years respectively.

Convict Changes History

Jennifer McLeod on 6th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 11th May, 1788 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st March, 1841 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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