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John Desmond

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Desmond
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 1886
Age: 67 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 10 years

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Ireland, Cork
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Samuel Boddington
Departure date: 23rd September, 1845
Arrival date: 18th January, 1846
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 58 other convicts


Primary source: http://www.linc.tas.gov.au/
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Community Contributions

D Wong on 27th July, 2014 wrote:

John was 26 years old on arrival in VDL and his native place was Cork County.

John was 5’7” tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair and whiskers, hazel eyes, RC, Illiterate and single.
Brothers: Andrew, Timothy
Sisters: Peggy and Ellen all at his native place.

John served his probation at Rocky Hills Station on the east coast of Tasmania. Later he went to work for Henry Lyne at his Great Swanport property ‘Coombend’. Working at the neighbouring property ‘Apslawn’ for his master’s brother John Lyne was Annette Myers.

20/8/1850: TOL
2/5/1856: Certificate at Launceston.
13/12/1863: CP approved.

1852: married Annette Myers ((Emma Eugenia 1850) and had 1 child, Francis born in 1854.
They appear to have remained in the district for a time, at least until the birth of their only child Francis William in 1854.

John and Annette’s son, Francis, was born at Spring Bay in 1854. The family later moved to Launceston before they moved to Victoria The family eventually settled on the fringes of gentility in South Yarra where John worked as a gardener.

Francis married and fathered a son, yet when he died at the Kew Lunatic Asylum in 1926, he died alone.

Annette died in 1879 aged 60.

John Desmond remarried soon after. John left his new wife, Mary Ann Fullerton, to raise their two year-old daughter, Rose Diana, when he died in 1886.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 27th July, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 10 years, voyage, source: http://www.linc.tas.gov.au/ (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Desmond, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1819, date of death: 1886, gender: m, occupation, crime

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