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John Dancer

John Dancer, one of 158 convicts transported on the Asia, 25 July 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Dancer
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Footman/groom
Date of Death: 10th March, 1837
Age: 31 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Bedford Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 25th July, 1827
Arrival date: 30th November, 1827
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 158 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 235 (119). Tasmanian Archives - convict records.
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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Nell Murphy on 14th September, 2018 wrote:

John DANCER was convicted at Bedford on 13 March 1827 for burglary - stealing from a dwelling house. Gaol report: “orderly”, not known before. 14 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Australia per the ship ‘Asia’ arriving 1827.

Stated he was last in the service of Mr. Bull, Attorney at Aylsbury. I was a footman. Had been out of employment for 3 months. I was 4 yrs in Lord Nugents family. My brother at native place, a shoemaker, I was working for him.
Single man; Protestant; aged 21 yrs; 5’4” height; brown hair; grey eyes.
Place of birth: Burston, Buckhamshire, England (ref. convict records)

VDL:
Assigned to work services.
18 May 1830: Assigned to Mr & Mrs Lasceles - repeated neglect of duties and insolent to Mrs. Lasceles. 25 lashes and returned to duties.
No further reports.

Feb 1834:Pass holder status granted.

APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION TO MARRY:
13 March 1835: Eliza KNIGHT per ‘William Bryan’ to John DANCER per ‘Asia’. Approved.  (ref. 52/1/1 pg 33)

MARRIAGE:
18 May 1835 - Eliza KNIGHT, convict (ship ‘William Bryant’), spinster to John DANCER, Ticket of Leave (ship ‘Asia) at Hobart Town. (ref. 36/1/2 no. 2748)

DEATH:
Death of John DANCER, at Hobart Town on 10 March 1837, aged 31 yrs. No cause stated.(ref. 34/1/1 no. 4813)

An official Free Certificate was issued in 1841, but evidence that John Dancer died in 1837, so a formality.  He was the only convict in the Colony of this name.

Nell Murphy on 14th September, 2018 wrote:

Link to wife Eliza Knight’s record https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/knight/eliza/29297

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 14th September, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 235 (119). Tasmanian Archives - convict records. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Numbe

Nell Murphy on 14th September, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000)

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