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John Clements

John Clements, one of 369 convicts transported on the Dromedary, 11 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Clements
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 3rd January, 1833
Age: 33 years

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 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Dromedary
Departure date: 11th September, 1819
Arrival date: 10th January, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 369 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 204
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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Maureen Withey on 26th July, 2019 wrote:

Hobart Town Gazette, 8 Oct 12825

227. John Clements, 5 ft. 4½ in. brown hair, dark grey eyes, 25 years of age, a farmers’ labourer, tried in Essex March 1819 sentence 14 years, arrived per Dromedary, born in Essex, from Launceston Jan. 17 1825.-£2 Reward.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th May, 2021 wrote:

1826 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania. 1826
No; 227
Name; John Clements
Ship arrived by; Dromedary
To whom assigned/Occupation; ABSCONDED ; 29 Jan 1825

Penny-Lyn Beale on 28th May, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters.
Year; 1835
No; 227
Name; John Clements
Ship; Dromedary
Noted against name; EXECUTED; 3 Jan 1833

Colonial Times. Tue 8 Jan 1833. Page 2.  COLONIAL TIMES

The extreme sentence of the law was carried into execution on Saturday morning last, at the scaffold in front of the gaol, on
John Clements, alias Jack-the-lagger, and William Hyam, bushrangers, Robert Dutches for an unnatural crime, and Simon Going and John Glover for carnally knowing Mary Anne Bowman, a child under the age of ten years. They were attended by the Rev. Mr. Bedford and the Rev. Mr. Turner, to whose instructions they appeared to pay the greatest attention. The fatal bolt was drawn at twenty minutes past 8 o’clock, and the five unhappy men were launched into eternity.

Tony Beale on 28th May, 2021 wrote:

The Tasmanian (Hobart Town, Tas. : 1827 - 1839) Fri 28 Dec 1832 Page 5 SUPREME COURT.—CRIMINAL SIDE.
John Clements, alias Jack the logger, was placed
at the bar, charged with being at large previous to the expiration of his sentence.
It appeared that the prisoner had been tried in the Supreme Court about 4 or 5 months back, and sentenced to be hanged ; that he had been subsequently pardoned, and sent to the hulk chain gang, from which he absconded on the 9th September. It appeared further by the evidence of David Espie, that he resides with his father at Cross Marsh, and did so in November last, that on the 5th of that month, he discovered a hut in the tier, about 3 miles from his father’s residence; some person had been there recently,
the fire place being warm ; found a bundle of
property concealed behind the but, and a short gun heavily loaded under a log; it was loaded with a large lamp of lead ; found a straw bat, a bottle and spoon, the hind quarters of a sheep, which appeared to have been killed the day before, and the whole carcass of another about 150 yards from the hut, with its ears cut off and unskinned ; witnesses brother and two men remained at the hut all night ; he left and returned next morning : about three in the afternoon, saw some person coming in the direction of the hut, when he approached within 30 yards, found him to be the prisoner ; the man who accompanied witness bailed him he had a rough pea coat on, and a short gun in his hand ; he had a knapsack on his back, with an opossum tied on the top, and a flour sieve before him ; he asked if he was in the right way for the main road, and witness told him that he was right enough ; witness on taking him into custody
asked if he was not Jack the lagger, and if he had not worked with his father, to both these questions he answered in the negative; he had a gun in his hand, it was loaded in the same manner as the one which they found on the preceeding day

Tony Beale on 29th May, 2021 wrote:

The Tasmanian (Hobart Town, Tas. : 1827 - 1839) Fri 14 Sep 1832 Page 3

G. FRANKLAND, Surveyor-General.
Police Office, Hobart Town, kept. 12, 1832.
The undermentioned prisoners having absconded from their places of residence, all constables and others are hereby required to Use their Utmost exertions to apprehend and lodge them ill safe custody.
John Clements, 5 ft. 4 in. brown hair, grey eyes, age 32, a farmer’s labourer, tried at Essex, March 1819, sentence 14 years, and Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, 14th March 1829, sentence 7 years, per Dromedary in January 1820,
native of Essex, absconded from the hulk chain gang, 9th Sept. 1832. Reward £2.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 26th July, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

Penny-Lyn Beale on 28th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 3rd January, 1833 (prev. 0000)

Tony Beale on 29th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000)

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