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John Cunningham

John Cunningham, one of 236 convicts transported on the Mangles, 08 December 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Cunningham
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Theft of hankerchief
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 8th December, 1832
Arrival date: 17th April, 1833
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 235 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 492
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 21st June, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
6th September 1832
Verdict Guilty; Guilty
Sentence Transportation
JOHN CUNNINGHAM and PETER BRANNON were indicted for stealing, on the 17th of July, 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of William Pritchard, from his person.

MR. WILLIAM PRITCHARD. I am a proctor of Doctors’-commons. On the 17th of July, between six and seven o’clock in the evening, I was walking in the Old Bailey , and just before I got to the gate of the Sessions’-house I felt the skirt of my coat move - I had a lady on my arm at the time - I put my hand behind me; the patrol immediately accosted me, and asked if I had lost something - I missed my handkerchief, which the patrol produced in about half an hour; I did not see the prisoners.

ISAAC EASLEY. I am a watchman of Blackfriars-bridge. I was looking through my window in the Old Bailey, and saw Mr. Pritchard with two females come down from Newgate-street; the two prisoners were close behind them, and just by the Debtor’s door, Brannon put his hand into Mr. Pritchard’s pocket, took the handkerchief out and gave it to Cunningham - I came down stairs, and told the patrol; we went and apprehended both the prisoners; Cunningham had the handkerchief -I took Brannon; he said nothing.
JAMES LABON. I am a patrol. Easley gave me information, and pointed out Mr. Pritchard; I went and told him he was robbed, and that I would find the thieves, as I had seen the prisoners pass me - I went down to where I thought they resided, and met them coming from Black Bear-alley, Seacoal-lane, towards Field-lane; Brannon had the handkerchief in his hand, and was just giving it to Cunningham: some palls in the street hallooed out “Go it, here is the patrol” - Cunningham started off; I pursued, saw him take the handkerchief out of his pocket, and throw it into a stable; I got it from there.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Cunningham’s Defence. I had nothing to do with it; I was merely walking along.


Transported for Life.

Peter Brannon arrived VDL per ‘Southworth’ 1834.

John Cunningham was listed as 17 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Bristol

Occupation: Pot boy.

John was literate, protestant, single, 5’0½” tall, sallow complexion, brown hair, chestnut eyes.

1837: Aged 21, Assigned to C. Boydell, Paterson.

21/6/1841: TOL Paterson. - Altered to Patricks Plains 27/6/1842.

30/7/1847: CP

Robert Corfield on 22nd June, 2020 wrote:

John Cunningham arrived at property of Charles Boydell on May 13 1833. Source; Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - NSW Governmentarchival-classic.sl.nsw.gov.au › _transcript
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
May 17, 1833
Two new hands arrived on the 13th. - Bradley from Blackburn in Lancashire, and [blank] Cunningham London Errand boy. both by the Ship Mangles.

JENNIFER RAINES on 5th July, 2020 wrote:

NSW Death Registration Transcription REF NO 1888/8988
John Cunningham died at the Liverpool Asylum. District of Liverpool on 26 July 1888.
Occupation         : Laborer (sic)
Place of Birth       :  England
Time in Aust. Colonies : Per “Magnells’ (sic) 1832

Convict Changes History

JENNIFER RAINES on 21st June, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

D Wong on 21st June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000)

JENNIFER RAINES on 4th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 1888 (prev. 0000)

JENNIFER RAINES on 4th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 1888 (prev. 0000)

JENNIFER RAINES on 4th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1816 (prev. 1815)

JENNIFER RAINES on 4th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1816 (prev. 1815)

JENNIFER RAINES on 5th July, 2020 made the following changes:


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