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John Bryant

John Bryant, one of 160 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 17 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Bryant
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 17th September, 1819
Arrival date: 27th January, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 235(119)
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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Tony on 8th July, 2013 wrote:

Convicted with Charles Elliott

(on same ship also)

Maureen Withey on 22nd January, 2020 wrote:

List of men sent from England to Port Jackson per Prince Regent (Anderson) to Hobart Town per Castle Forbes.
John Bryant, age 21, goldsmith, Tried at Middx., Apr 1819, Life, native of London.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 22 January 2020), April 1819, trial of JOHN BRYANT (t18190421-82).
JOHN BRYANT, Theft > theft from a specified place, 21st April 1819.

582. JOHN BRYANT was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of February , at St. George, Bloomsbury , three ounces of gold filings and cuttings, value 5 l., and one ounce of gold wire, value 2 l., the property of Frederick Humbert , in his dwelling-house .

FREDERICK HUMBERT . I am a goldwatch-case-maker , and live at No. 21, Hyde-street , Bloomsbury; I keep the house, which is in the parish of St. George - the prisoner was my errand-boy. On the 27th of February, I prepared some gold filings and turnings to melt on the Monday following, and left them in my workshop. On the Sunday morning I went up to the workshop, and found a quantity gone. I began to suspect the prisoner, and had him apprehended on the Monday. I got an officer, who searched him, and found the gold upon him, in four parcels - we found a key in his box, which opened my shop-door.

JOHN DAVIS . I am an officer. I went with the prosecutor, searched the prisoner, and found a quantity of gold upon him. I found a quantity of gold wire in his breeches pocket, and gold filings and cuttings in his jacket-pocket, and a crucible with gold mixed with pearl-ash ready to be melted, in his jacket-pocket. I asked him how he got intohis master’s shop? he cried, and said there was a key in his box at his lodgings, which opened the shop-door. I went and found it there. The house is in the parish of St. George, Bloomsbury.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence - (written.) - I fully acknowledge my fault, and humbly implore the mercy of the Court. I lost my mother three years ago - my father is since dead. It is with the greatest pain and reluctance I am obliged to stir up the ashes of my deceased parents, and expose their vices; but when I know I can only attribute my present perilous situation to the profligate examples set me in my infancy, I cannot forbear calling their faults in question, as some excuse for my early depravity, which, under any other circumstance, I should blush to mention. My father for several years kept a Little Go, where I had the opportunity of witnessing the worst of vices and characters. At my poor mother’s decease, my father introduced a prostitute to his home, who lived in the house until his death. He was in prison for the lottery several times, and suffered great distress during his imprisonment, which excited my affection and pity, and induced me to pilfer my master to supply his wants. This offence was continued at intervals through the bad company my father encouraged me to keep, which has at length brought me to this melancholy situation. This is the naked truth and history of my unfortunate life, and I humbly hope for mercy.

GUILTY. - DEATH . Aged 18.

Strongly recommended to Mercy .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Convict Changes History

Tony on 8th July, 2013 made the following changes:

gender, crime

Maureen Withey on 22nd January, 2020 made the following changes:


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