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John Crossan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Crossan
Aliases: Crossin
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: Gardener
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Ireland, Antrim
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 7th August, 1841
Arrival date: 2nd January, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island
Passenger manifest Travelled with 11 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives. Friends of the Orphan School.
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Nell Murphy on 5th July, 2017 wrote:

John CROSSAN was convicted at Co. Antrim, Ireland on 22 Oct 1840 for Larceny - stealing glazed linen. Previous convictions. 7yr transportation sentence. Note: John was aged 71yrs! Gaol Report: “well conducted”. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Prince Regent’ arriving 2 Jan 1842. Ship Surgeon’s report: “Orderly & keeping the prison clean”.

Aged 71yrs; a gardener (hot houses & florist); Roman Catholic; can read & write; 5’7”; sallow complexion; grey hair; grey eyes.
Married - wife Letitia.  6 children - son Patrick, aged 11 yrs accompanied him aboard this ship.

1 yr Probation Period - at Fingal.
Several notes of misconduct such as drink and being out after hours.

17 Nov 1846: Ticket of Leave granted.

22 Oct 1847: Conditional Pardon approved.

29 Oct 1847: Free Certificate issued.

Nell Murphy on 5th July, 2017 wrote:

Son Patrick: admitted to the Queens Orphan School (children were not usually permitted to remain with their parents and so admitted to this orphanage at New Town, near Hobart) on 8 Jan 1842, aged 11yrs. Father is recorded as “John Crossan per the ‘Prince Regent’ transport ship. He left the Home on 2 Nov 1843 - absconded. No other details. (ref. SWD 7 & 28)

Father’s Indent Record clearly indicates his son Patrick is on board with him.

Departure from VDL:
John CROSSAN left VDL on 12 Sept 1852 from Launceston to Melbourne, Victoria on the ‘Gazelle’. John, free by servitude. Ship to Colony: Prince Regent. (ref. 220/1/2 p. 138).

Son Patrick CROSSAN (CROSSIN) had left on 12 April 1852, free, steerage on the ‘City of Melbourne’ from Launceston to Melbourne. Ship to Colony: Prince Regent. (ref. 220/1/1 pg 653)

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 5th July, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Archives (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Crossan, alias1: Crossin, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1771, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Nell Murphy on 5th July, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Tasmanian Archives. Friends of the Orphan School. (prev. Tasmanian Archives)

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