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John Brown

John Brown, one of 260 convicts transported on the John, 27 September 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Brown
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Pocket picking
Convicted at: York City Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: John
Departure date: 27th September, 1836
Arrival date: 7th February, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 259 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 386
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

Mark St Leon on 6th June, 2020 wrote:

After winning his freedom in 1846, John Brown altered his name to “William Charles” Brown. He was an early identity of Wagga Wagga NSW and known by the soubriquet of “Tinker Brown”

D Wong on 6th June, 2020 wrote:

*** 3 John Brown’s on this voyage***
Identifier 1 - Tried Cheshire on 30/3/1836 (Stealing Rabbits).

Identifier 2 - Tried York (West Riding) on 11/4/1837 - 7 years. (Ship Robbery).

Identifier 3 - Tried York City on 27/2/1836 14 years. (Picking Pockets).
Contribution by Mark St Leon above is for John Brown - Identifier 2.

Identifier 3.
York City. 14 years - Picking Pockets.

John Brown was listed as 40 years old on arrival.

Native Place: London.

John was illiterate, protestant, married with 1 male and 1 female children, 5’5¾” tall, dark sallow complexion, brown mixed with grey hair, grey eyes, speck on right eye, raised mole over left eyebrow, small mole upper left arm, scar back of left thumb.

4/3/1843: TOL Maitland.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 6th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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