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Jean Cooper

Jean Cooper, one of 133 convicts transported on the Nautilus, 25 April 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jean Cooper
Aliases: Jane Cooper, Jane Woodhouse, Jane Mcfarling, Jane Farman
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Farm servant
Date of Death: 20th January, 1849
Age: 36 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a watch
Convicted at: Aberdeen Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Nautilus
Departure date: 25th April, 1838
Arrival date: 29th August, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 131 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 268. Tasmanian Archives - convicts Tasmanian Pioneer Index BDM
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

Janet Wicks on 10th January, 2013 wrote:

Married to Francis Woodhouse on 10 March 1841.
Married to John McFarling (also Farmin or McFamin) on 11 Mar 1844

Carol Axton-Thompson on 11th January, 2013 wrote:

Jean Cooper was convicted at Aberdeen on 19/09/1837 of aggrivated theft - stealing a watch. Previous convictions. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the ‘Nautilus’, arriving 29/08/1838.

Gaol Report: bad connections.
Ship Surgeon’s Report: Well behaved, active & well disposed. 01/06/1838: Hepatitis - well 30/03/1838.

b. abt 1814 Longmaid, nr Aberdeen. Address given as: Love Lane, Aberdeen.

Grey eyes; dk brown hair; fair complexion; 5’1”; farm servant/dairy maid & wash and iron.

1838: Dr. Cameron, Break O’Day (east coast, VDL)
1842: Launceston

Clear conduct record.

16/08/1839: Application for permission to marry John Atkinson (convict per Moffatt). Apparently did not proceed.

Child: Mary Ann ATKINSON b. 1839. Baptised 16/10/1839 Launceston. (ref. 443/1839-32). Father named on baptismal certificate as John Atkinson, bricklayer, Hobart. Mother “Jane Cooper”.

30/12/1840: Application to marry Francis Woodhouse (convict per Lord Lyndoch). Decision 18/02/1841.

10/03/1841: Married Francis Woodhouse, St. Johns Anglican Church, Launceston. (Registration is under name “Jane Cooper”.(Ref. 1121/1841-37)

Child: William Woodhouse b.08/07/1842 Launceston. Jean/Jane is however registered as mother under name “Mary Cooper”. (ref. 1079/1843-33)

15/01/1843: Ticket of Leave granted.

12/03/1843: Husband Francis Woodhouse accidently drowned in the Nth Esk River.(ref. 828/1844-35 Launceston)

20/02/1844: Child Martha FARMAN, Launceston. (ref. 114/1844-33). Father - John Farman. Mother - Jane Cooper/Woodhouse.

11/03/1844: Married 2nd husband John McFarling (or k/a Farmin/Farman) Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Launceston.(ref. 818/1844-37). Interesting note: Mr. McFarling/Farmin was the neighbour who found Francis Woodhouse drowned in the river.

19/09/1844: Free by servitude

11/09/1845: Child Pricella FARMAN b. Launceston. (ref. 985/1845-33). Father - John Farman. Mother Jane Cooper.

1845: Free Certificate (no. 34)

A “Jane Farman”, believed to be above person, died 20/01/1849 (aged 45yrs, husband John) Launceston. ref. 1068/1849-35.
John Farman died 28/09/1869 Port Sorell district (ref. 453/1869-35)

Carol Axton-Thompson on 11th January, 2013 wrote:

Daughter Martha Farman married David Manson 22/10/1860 Launceston. ref. 362/1860-37.

Convict Changes History

Janet Wicks on 10th January, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1, date of birth 1813, date of death 20th January, 1849, gender, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 11th January, 2013 made the following changes:

source, alias2, alias3, occupation

Carol Axton-Thompson on 11th January, 2013 made the following changes:


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