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John Brow

John Brow, one of 290 convicts transported on the Earl Grey, 27 July 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Brow
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1785
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 2nd November, 1838
Age: 53 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Earl Grey
Departure date: 27th July, 1838
Arrival date: 21st November, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 310 http://www.jenwilletts.com/convict_ship_earl_grey_1838.htm
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 16th June, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: simple larceny.
29th January 1838

Verdict Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation

JOHN BROW was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of February, 1 coat, value 55., the goods of Thomas Stokes.

THOMAS STOKES. I live in Bedfordshire, and am a wagoner. I was in St. John-street with my wagon last night, and my coat was on it—I left my wagon for five minutes, while I went up an inn yard, and when I came again my coat was gone—this is it—(looking at it.)

JOSEPH WHEELER. I live at No. 71, Cow Cross-street. About ten minutes past six o’clock, last night, I saw the prisoner coming from St. John-street, with this great coat slung over his shoulder—I went to my master’s and heard something—I then went and took the prisoner.

Prisoner. I was coming along, and picked it up—I thought to take it borne and throw it on the bed—the witness and the officer came and took me.

THOMAS STOKES re-examined. My coat was on the wagon when I left—it could not fall off—I had pushed it under the hoops as tight as I could.

GUILTY. Aged 56.— Transported for Seven Years.

2/11/1838:  John Brow aged 54 died on the passage out. He was lame from a club foot. Had been on the sick list for several weeks to enable him the hospital diet. The surgeon considered his death unexpected as he had been improving in health.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 16th June, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 310 www.jenwilletts.com/convict_ship_earl_grey_1838.htm (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Pa

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