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John Chapman

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Chapman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: 23rd May, 1861
Age: 48 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Assault
Convicted at: Dublin Court Martial
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Cadet
Departure date: 9th April, 1844
Arrival date: 24th August, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts. http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON33-1-58,178,35,S,80. Cornwall Chronicle newspaper, dated 25 May 1861: http://trove.nla.gov.au
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Community Contributions

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 wrote:

Tried and convicted for striking Sgt. Pearson.

Married man - wife Ellen at Dublin.
Born Glasgow.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote:

Convict no. 11821. Age 30 upon arrival in 1844. 5’ 11 1/2”. Protestant.
Wife Ellen at Dublin. 3 children.
Father: Thomas;Mother: Mary Brother: Archibald; Sister: Jane (all at Glasgow).

Colonial Record:
Station Gang: Broadmarsh. Emerged from Gang May 1846.
Several offences of misconduct, drunk & disorderly.
28/05/1850: Robbery, with violence - committed for trial, at New Norfolk. Guilty - to be transported for Life. To be sent to Norfolk Island for 4 yrs. Arrived Norfolk Island 21/09/1850. More offences on N.I.
03/08/1855 Prisoner Barracks, Hobart - Drunk - 2mths hard labour.
27/05/1856 Ticket of Leave.
25/05/1858 Conditional Pardon

10/07/1858 Avoca: Misconduct - 4mths imprisonment.
17/12/1859 Fingal: Drunk - Fined & 3mths hard labour.
30/04/1861: Tried Launceston Supreme Court for assault, with intent - to be executed.

Executed at Launceston 23/05/1861.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 wrote:

Newspaper article of the execution of John Chapman and 2 other prisoners in the Cornwall Chronical newspaper 25/05/1861. It states he was to be buried, but not location.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th November, 2012 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 14 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1813, date of death 23rd May, 1861, gender, occupation, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 made the following changes:

source, occupation

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th November, 2012 made the following changes:


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