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John Day

John Day, one of 300 convicts transported on the Baring, April 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Day
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 5th July, 1875
Age: 87 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Stafford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Baring
Departure date: April, 1815
Arrival date: 7th September, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 206
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 20th October, 2018 wrote:

John Day is listed as having been born in 1788 (according to his death certificate).

John was a labourer, 5’4½” tall, fair pale complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.

1823: Married Jane Connolly (1805–1852) at Castlereagh, NSW.
Joseph Day 1822–1878
James Day 1824–1891
George Day 1826–1906
Hannah Day 1828–1915
Jane Day 1831–1887
William Day 1841–1909

Sons James and George were alderman on the Albury Municipal Council and
both served terms as Mayor of Albury.

In 1828 his occupation was Farmer - Portland Head, NSW.

5/6/1839 Commercial Journal and Advertiser, Sydney:
John Day, Jane Day, and Joseph Day, were charged with stealing a bag of oats, belonging to Mr. William T. Baylis, of the Richmond Road. It appeared from the evidence of Mr. Baylis, that on Saturday, the 18th May, he put a hag containing about four bushels of Derwent oats under the verandah, at the rear of his house and on examining his premises at night before he retired to rest, missed the bag of oats.
On the Wednesday following a woman named Perrin went to him, and said if he made haste and got a warrant to search Day’s house, he would find the oats, some in a tea chest, and the emainder in a cask, but he would not find the bag, because they (the Days) had burnt it. Mr. Baylis accordingly got a warrant, and found in Day’s house a tea chest nearly: full of oats, which corresponded with a sample of those he had lost. When the woman Perrin was called and sworn, she stated she was at Baylis’s house on Wednesday, the 22nd of May, but denied ever telling Mr. Baylis if he got a warrant he would find the oats he lost in Day’s house. She also denied saving the bag was burnt.-— John Day committed to take his trial. Jane and Joseph Day discharged.
No outcome of the trial found.

John & Jane had a total of seven children at his death in 1875, and on his death cert it showed 4 Male living, 2 Female living & 1 Female deceased.

5/7/1875: John Day died at Thurgoona, Albury, NSW., and was buried at the Albury Cemetery.

8/7/1875 Ovens and Murray Advertiser:
Albury, Wednesday.
The funeral of the late Mr John Day, father of Mr Geo. Day, member for the Hume District in the New South Wales Parliament, and Mr John [sic] Day, Mayor of Albury, took place in the Albury Cemetery to-day, and was largely attended by persons from all parts of the district.
The deceased was a very old colonist, and was accidentally drowned yesterday at Thurgoona, about seven miles from Albury.

9/7/1875 The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria:
The Border Post of July 7 says :—“Much surprise was created in Albury yesterday morning when tidings reached of the accidental drowning of Mr. John Day, an old and respected colonist, who resided many years in Riverina.
The deceased gentleman lived near the residence of his son, Mr. James Day, J. P., at Daysdale, whose family he was in the habit of visiting every forenoon. On Monday last, after the usual visit, he left for his own cottage and was never seen since alive. He had to cross a small running stream, which was unusually swollen during the recent rains, and as his sight was weak, it seems that he took the wrong crossing-place, and fell into this creek.
Yesterday as the deceased did not visit at the usual hour, one of his grandsons went to make inquiries, thinking that the old gentleman might have been unwell.
On approaching the stream the lad observed the body lying lifeless on its back in the little creek, in about nine inches of water. Intelligence was sent to Albury and Captain Brownrigg, P. M., district coroner, held an inquest, at which these facts were elicited in evidence, and a verdict of death by accidental drowning recorded.
The deceased gentleman was in the 87th year of his age, was quiet unobtrusive and greatly esteemed. He was the parent of a large and respectable family, including Mr. George Day, M. P., for the Hume, and Mr. James Day, mayor of Albury.
Two of his brothers nobly fell defending the British flag at Trafalgar under Nelson in 1805, and who were highly esteemed by that gallant admiral, particularly the older, who rendered him personal service at the unsuccessful attack on Santa Cruz in 1797, where he lost his right arm.”

Marg Young on 31st December, 2019 wrote:

John Day and Jane Connolly also had another daughter - Phoebe Day 1832-1870.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 20th October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1788 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th July, 1875 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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