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John Bush

John Bush, one of 160 convicts transported on the Surrey, 02 October 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Bush
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
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 Life

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 2nd October, 1822
Arrival date: 4th March, 1823
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 223 (112)
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

Maureen Withey on 4th September, 2019 wrote:

John Bush was tried at the Old Bailey.

JOHN BUSH, Theft - theft from a specified place, 22nd May 1822.

761. JOHN BUSH was indicted for stealing, on the 3d of May, at St. Luke, Chelsea, two yards of muslin, value 5 s.; three dresses. value 6 l.; one yard of lustre, value 3 s.; thirteen yards of stuff. value 19 s.; one frock, value 6 d.; one dress-body, value 3 s.; one dress-skirt, value 5 s.; one spencer, value 18 d.; ten yards of trimming, value 2 s.; one handkerchief, value 6 d., and one yard of cotton, value 6 d., the goods of Mary Sparks , widow , in the dwelling-house of Joseph Clark .

MARY SPARKS . I am a widow, and lodge in Charles-street, Sloane-square, in the parish of St. Luke, Chelsea ; at Joseph Clark ‘s house. I am a dress-maker. On the 3d of May, about ten minutes before eight o’clock, the articles stated in the indictment were on the table in the front parlour - they had been sent to me to make up, and were worth about 8 l. 5 s. I went into the back parlour and returned in about four minutes; (the front door had been accidently left ajar). I found the prisoner coming out of the front parlour into the passage, with all these things in his arms - I collared him and screamed out; he got out of the house after dropping them; I pursued calling Stop thief! and Elkins stopped him about a hundred yards off, without my losing sight of him.

NATHANIEL ELKINS . I am a plumber, and live in Sloane-street. On the 3d of May, about ten minutes before eight o’clock, I was near Mr. Clark’s house, and saw the prisoner come from behind a stable door; Mrs. Sparks said,

“Stop that man,” I collared him - he said he had done nothing, and I let him go; she called out again, and I stopped him - he struck me over the head immediately; a scuffle ensued, and a man came to my assistance - we took him to the watch-house. He was not a hundred yards from the house.

RICHARD MAYBANK . I am a constable. The prisoner was brought to me. I went to the house, and found the property in the passage, all loosely rumpled up.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I go about buying old umbrellas. I heard a cry of Stop thief! and ran the same as others. The gentleman collared me and I struck him.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 25.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Garrow.

Source : Old Bailey online.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 4th September, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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