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John Bollard

John Bollard, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fortune, November 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Bollard
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 26th July, 1772
Occupation: Shepherd
Date of Death: 5th November, 1848
Age: 76 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 Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Bedford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fortune
Departure date: November, 1812
Arrival date: 11th June, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 81 (42)
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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Community Contributions

Denis Pember on 29th October, 2015 wrote:

This article regarding John, pretty well says it all:
Northampton Mercury Sat 12 Oct 1811 p.2
Bedfordshire Association for prosecuting felons &c.
Wheras JOHN BOLLARD, about 40 years of age, five feet six inches high, stout made, hair inclinable to red, fresh complexion, walks very upright, supposed to have on a dark drab-coloured Velveteen short waistcoat, being in the custody of the Constable of the Parish of LIDLINGTON, in this County, for SHEEP STEALING, escaped from such custody, about five o’clock this morning, from the house of Thomas Morris, the Sign of the Green Man at Lidlington. - The said John Bollard has lived as shepherd with Edw. Platt, Esq. of Lidlington, for several years, and is well known in the neighbourhood.
Whoever will discover the said offender, so that he may be brought to justice, shall receive a reward of five guineas from this association, and a further reward of five guineas from Mr. Richard Randall, of Marston-Moretaine, in the County of Bedford, whose sheep were stolen.
THEED PEARSE, Treasurer.

Clearly he was apprehended because:- John arrived in the colony aboard the ship ‘Fortune’ 11 Jun 1813. He had been tried and convicted of sheep stealing in Bedfordshire.  Sentence transportation for life.

Denis Pember on 29th October, 2015 wrote:

John had been married in Lidlington, Bedfordshire 30 October 1798, to Hannah Johnson and they had 7 children, two of whom died in quite young.
When John was transported, Hannah and the children obtained permission to accompany him on the ‘Providence’. In effect the whole family was transported. They had another daughter at a later date.

Denis Pember on 29th October, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales: [Ref B1537] Bollard, John 56, conditional pardon, Fortune 2, 1813, life, Protestant. farmer, Cobbity, Cooke, 96 acres, 40 cleared, 38 cultivated, 4 horned cattle.
Bollard, Hannah, 56, came free, Providence 1822, Protestant.
Bollard, William 22 came free, Providence 1822 Protestant.
Bollard, Benjamin 20 came free Providence 1822 Protestant.

Andrew Randall on 13th December, 2015 wrote:

My great-great-grandfather Richard Randall was the farmer whose sheep were stolen by John Bollard, and who offered the 5 guinea reward for his recapture after escaping from custody. Richard Randall 1773-1846 tenanted Church Farm, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England (150 acres). His friend & neighbouring farmer was Edward Platt, who employed John Bollard as a shepherd. Randalls tenanted Church Farm 1797-1919.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 23rd October, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 26th July, 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th November, 1848 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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