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John Button

John Button, one of 214 convicts transported on the Surrey, 19 November 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Button
Aliases: John William Button
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 16th August, 1807
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: 4th June, 1862
Age: 54 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 19th November, 1832
Arrival date: 9th March, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 213 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 466
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

D Wong on 1st January, 2015 wrote:

John Button was 25 years old on arrival in VDL.

John was 5’6 1/2” tall, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, woman inside right arm, scar on left wrist, single.

1833-35 Musters: Assigned to Mr J Cox.

12/7/1837: Felony - sent to trial - 7 years hard labour in chains. No crime details found.
Sent to Port Arthur.

6/9/1844:  TOL

1851: Married Mary Shaughnessy aged 22 (Duke of Cornwall 1850).  They had 8 children.

4/6/1862: John died aged 52 and was buried at St Andrew’s Cemetery, Perth, Tasmania.  Buried with him was Mary and his stepdaughter Susan Barber (1866-1886).

Mary married Robert Barber after John’s death.

25/6/1862 The Cornwall Chronicle:
To the Gentry and Inhabitants of Perth,
and its vicinity.
MARY BUTTON, widow of the late Mr. John Button, Butcher, who intends earning on the Business of her late husband, begs to solicit a continuance
of their favors, and hopes by strict attention to merit their orders as usual. 
June 21 b . h

Mary died 1920.

Danella Chilcott on 1st May, 2018 wrote:

John and Mary’s 8 Children
1 John Button 1851-1926
2 William Ernest Button 1853-1919
3 Mary Elizabeth Pritchard (born Button) 1854-1941
4 Elizabeth Horton (born Button) 1855-1941
5 Charles Stammers Button 1857-1907
6 Joseph Button 1860-1919
7 Ellen Sarah Cox (born Button) 1861-1939
8 George Plaskett Button 1862-1937

Convict Changes History

Gail Brown on 26th February, 2013 made the following changes:

gender, occupation

D Wong on 1st January, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: John William Button, date of birth: 16th August, 1807 (prev. 0000), date of death: 4th June, 1862 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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