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John Champion

John Champion, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Champion
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 21st June, 1795
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 7th November, 1887
Age: 92 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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 120
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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Anonymous on 11th September, 2011 wrote:

Convicted at Old Bailey A/O Court Report show 13 Jan 1813 Convicted of larceny
of a dwelling hours sentence to death,which was commuted to Transportation for life
- Coachspring maker 17 years
26 Aug 1813 transported ‘General Hewitt’
Arrived Sydney 7 Feb. 1814 on convict ship ‘GENERAL HEWITT’
AO Records 4/4004 MFR 393
1814 MUSTER:  under John Champion shown as ‘General Hewitt’/off stores/Mr
Carlyle/s/ (A/O Muster roll. p.203.278)
2 Feb 1818 Banns published at St John’s Parramatta by Rev S Marsden to Sarah
Baker 17 years of The Factory
11 May 1818 Married to Sarah Barber Cert.2175 Vol.3
Nov 1819 Bigge Report Appendix 5731 BT Box 26 shows John Champion as employed
as a smith with J Blaxland and stayed as foreman of the salt works till John Blaxland’s death in 1845

SYDNEY GAZETTE 30 AUG 1826 P3: ‘LACHLAN KERNAN; FREE, STOOD CHARGED BY JOHN CHAMPION WITH INDECENT LANGUAGE TO HIS WIFE "SOMETHING ABOUT A BLACK FELLOW, A BROKEN THIGH AND WHAT NOT - IT APPEARS TO BE A VEXATIOUS CASE - DISMISSED"
(SG 26 AUG 1826 National Library 6. MFMNX35)

!GENERAL HEWITT: Historical Records of Aust: Series 1, Vol.VIII
p. 245 Medical Court Enquiry held 16 Mar 1814 on passage of General Hewitt.
Convicts received from Woolwich, Sheerness, Portsmouth and Langston from a hulk.  Some were delibitated.  Ship was in Portsmouth for 3 days before sailing.  Called at Madeira and Rio De Janiro.
SALT:  From G. Handy-Pooley Index to Sydney Gazette 1803-1842 re Blaxland’s
SMH INDEX 1842-1845:  Champion, Parramatta Road advertising Salt 5 pound per ton
5 Jul 1843, 21 Oct 1844, 9 Nov 1844.
SMH:  Champion J, reward for recovery of horse 24 Oct 1844
AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER INDEX 1824-42 EVIDENCE AT MRS MASON’S TRIAL SELLING RUM WITHOUT LICENCE 24 JUL 1841.  AUSTRALIAN issue 27 JUL 1881 P2.
1828 CENSUS:  shows Ticket of Leave working for John Blaxland (see description and children)
Conditional Pardon approved NSW Govt Gazette p.348 1932. (NSW Archives Office
Reel 775)    John Champion 119/60 "E"  on 6 Apr 1833 Sydney Gazette 28 Nov 1825 p.3 Certificate of Pardon for J Champion
1843 sells salt SMH 1842-1845 Vol3
10 Aug 1845 Wife died - newspaper report
Ticket of Leave:  No.1819/57

David John Champion on 2nd September, 2014 wrote:

Convicted at Old Bailey A/O Court Report show 13 Jan 1813 Convicted of larceny
of a dwelling hours sentence to death,which was commuted to Transportation for life
- Coachspring maker 17 years
26 Aug 1813 transported ‘General Hewitt’
Arrived Sydney 7 Feb. 1814 on convict ship ‘GENERAL HEWITT’
AO Records 4/4004 MFR 393
1814 MUSTER:  under John Champion shown as ‘General Hewitt’/off stores/Mr
Carlyle/s/ (A/O Muster roll. p.203.278)
2 Feb 1818 Banns published at St John’s Parramatta by Rev S Marsden to Sarah
Baker 17 years of The Factory
11 May 1818 Married to Sarah Barber Cert.2175 Vol.3
Nov 1819 Bigge Report Appendix 5731 BT Box 26 shows John Champion as employed
as a smith with J Blaxland.

SYDNEY GAZETTE 30 AUG 1826 P3: ‘LACHLAN KERNAN; FREE, STOOD CHARGED BY JOHN
CHAMPION WITH INDECENT LANGUAGE TO HIS WIFE “SOMETHING ABOUT A BLACK FELLOW, A
BROKEN THIGH AND WHAT NOT - IT APPEARS TO BE A VEXATIOUS CASE - DISMISSED”
(SG 26 AUG 1826 National Library 6. MFMNX35)

!GENERAL HEWITT: Historical Records of Aust: Series 1, Vol.VIII
p. 245 Medical Court Enquiry held 16 Mar 1814 on passage of General Hewitt.
Convicts received from Woolwich, Sheerness, Portsmouth and Langston from a
hulk.  Some were delibitated.  Ship was in Portsmouth for 3 days before
sailing.  Called at Madeira and Rio De Janiro.

SALT:  From G. Handy-Pooley Index to Sydney Gazette 1803-1842 re Blaxland’s
Saltworks where John worked. 23 Feb 1811 p2, 10 Aug 1811, 12 June 1819 p2, 1
Dec 1821,  8 Nov 1822 Supp 2, 3 Mar 1832 p2, 28 Apr 1832 p2, 8 Dec 1831 p2/3, 10
June 1830 p2, 3 June 1830 p3.
SMH INDEX 1842-1845:  Champion, Parramatta Road advertising Salt 5pound per ton
5 Jul 1843, 21 Oct 1844, 9 Nov 1844.
SMH:  Champion J, reward for recovery of horse 24 Oct 1844
AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER INDEX 1824-42 EVIDENCE AT MRS MASON’S TRIAL SELLING RUM
WITHOUT LICENCE 24 JUL 1841.  AUSTRALIAN issue 27 JUL 1881 P2.
1828 CENSUS:  shows Ticket of Leave working for John Blaxland (see description
and children)
Conditional Pardon approved NSW Govt Gazette p.348 1932. (NSW Archives Office
Reel 775)    John Champion 119/60 “E”  on 6 Apr 1833
Sydney Gazette 28 Nov 1825 p.3 Certificate of Pardon for J Champion
1843 sells salt SMH 1842-1845 Vol3
10 Aug 1845 Wife died - newspaper report
Ticket of Leave:  No.1819/57

Convict Changes History

Ian on 18th July, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth 1795, date of death 1887, gender, crime

David John Champion on 2nd September, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 21st June, 1795 (prev. 1795), date of death: 7th November, 1887 (prev. 1887), occupation

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