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John Berry

John Berry, one of 200 convicts transported on the York, 11 August 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Berry
Aliases: Bery
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: York
Departure date: 11th August, 1832
Arrival date: 29th December, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 388
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 24th August, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOHN BERRY, Theft > simple larceny, 5th July 1832.

Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

JOHN BERRY was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of May, 1 jar, value 8d., and 1 loaf of bread, value 5d., the goods of Richard Kennedy .
LOUISA KENNEDY . I am the wife of Richard Kennedy - we live at Poplar . On the evening of the 21st of May I was in my room, adjoining my shop; I saw the prisoner come in, and take a jar and a loaf of bread - he ran off with them; I pursued, and called the Policeman, who took him with the articles.
ALEXANDER DOUGLAS (Police-constable K 240.) I took the prisoner with this jar, and a loaf of bread.
Prisoner. I was in liquor; I did not know where I was till the next morning - I asked the officer if he had my money, and he said he had not - I had 7s. or 8s. about me. Witness. He was not in liquor; I had a great deal of trouble with him - it took four of us to get him to the station; I asked what money he meant; he said 7 1/2d., but he had nothing when he was searched - he might have lost it.
GUILTY . Aged 22. - Transported for Seven Years.

Two John Berry’s on this voyage - this is Identifier: 2

John Berry was 22 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘Stealing a loaf and a jar’.
He had once before been transported for felony 7 years served 6 years and 4 months at Bermuda liberated July 1830.

Surgeons Report: Worthless Character.

John was 5’3 1/4” tall, grey eyes, dark brown hair, 2 Woman heart on rt. arm large scar on left wrist Scar left corner of Mouth. woman merd. Heart & Darts above E. rt. arm, single.

1833-35 Muster: Public works.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 24th August, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Bery, date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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