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John Belcher

John Belcher, one of 188 convicts transported on the Recovery, 30 July 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Belcher
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1792
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Oxford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Recovery
Departure date: 30th July, 1819
Arrival date: 18th December, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 187 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 194
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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D Wong on 3rd December, 2014 wrote:

1824:  Married Mary Carr in Sydney – no children found.

9/9/1824: Had a Blacksmith’s business at 66 Pitt Street, Sydney.

11/12/1837 Sydney Monitor:

CAUTION. -We Undersigned hereby caution the Bathurst Public against paying any money for work performed by them ‘to order’ during the periods undermentioned, to John Belcher who keeps a blacksmith’s shop on Mr Barden’s ground adjoining the Post office, as the said John Belcher has no authority for receiving the same, and they are determined to sue for any sums so paid at the ensuing Court of Requests.
The said John Belcher who is an assigned servant to Captain Steel, of Queen Charlotte Vale, has imposed on us, as well as on the Public by stating himself to be a free man, and to effect his fraudulent purpose, he as produced a Gazette, wherein the name of ‘John Belcher” appears to be granted and Emancipation, but we have discovered that he is not the John Belcher therein named, who came be a different ship; but that, in fact; he is the assigned servant of Captain Steel.

From the 7th of March to the 12th of July last; Thomas Brown lived at the Smithy, where Belcher now lives, and performed various work to order, which he said Belcher has fraudulently applied for, and in some instances received.

From the 27th of August to the 26th of October, Samuel Fenton also lived at the Smithy described, and the said Belcher has applied for, and in some instances, received money due to the said Samuel Fenton under false statements.  It is with reluctance that the Undersigned are forced thus to caution their patrons in the manner, but they are compelled to the measure by the gross imposture of the said Belcher, whose conduct they are determined to represent in the proper quarter,
THOMAS BROWN.  SAMUEL FENTON.  December 4, 1837.

1/4/1841: TOL cancelled for gross prevarication (lying) – Bathurst.

20/2/1844: TOL, Patrick Plains.
20/12/1848: CP

Convict Changes History

Ivan Natalie Carter on 1st December, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 3rd December, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1792 (prev. 1799), occupation

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