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John Cheese

John Cheese, one of 170 convicts transported on the Georgiana, 24 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Cheese
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 17th October, 1834
Age: 38 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: Rape
Convicted at: Worcester Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Georgiana
Departure date: 24th November, 1828
Arrival date: 20th April, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 540
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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D Wong on 17th June, 2018 wrote:

25/7/1828 Evening Mail London, England:
SUMMER ASS/ZBS. WORCESTBR. July 22. John Cheese, aged 33, was indicted for assaulting and ravishing Ann Ridley, on the evening of the 14th May last.
Ann Ridley, a plain-looking girl, with an impediment in her speech, stated that she was 16 years of age ; that she lived at Stourbridge, in the county, and worked at a carpet-facgtory at Kidderminster in the morning, and returning in the evening.  The distance is about four miles….....
William Turner, the constable who apprehended the prisoner, stated that the prisoner in the most disgusting manner admitted that he had been guilty of the offence….......
The Jury brought in a verdict of guilty, but recommended the prisoner to mercy, because they beklieved the prisoner was not aware of the punishment that awaited the commission of such a crime.
The Judge then proceeded to address the prisoner on the enormity of the crime of which he had been convicted, and concluded by pronouncing sentence of death on him.

John Cheese was listed as 32 years old on arrival in VDL.  His native place was Rochford.

John was 5’5½” tall, brown hair, thin on forehead, brown eyes, little finger left hand deformed, scar left side of neck.
Wife &  3 children at Stanford Beauchamp near Bromyard.  I worked last for Mr Smith.

1830-33 Musters: Public Works.

17/10/1834: John Cheese died at the Colonial Hospital, Hobart, aged 38 years.  Listed as as invalid in 1834.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 17th June, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th October, 1834 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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