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John Dolley

John Dolley, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Dolley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1792
Occupation: Miller
Date of Death: 14th May, 1876
Age: 84 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 Life

Crime: Cow stealing
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
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 124
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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Community Contributions

Joan Hickey on 19th August, 2016 wrote:

Married Mary Riley née Bellas 1828 in NSW
Married Elizabeth Moore Pickering née Wides 12/2/1849 (NSW).
DIed Toowoomba, Queensland.
Stole three heifers. Belonging to James Berryman and was sentenced at the Home Assizes 5 April 1813.
Parents William and Hannah Dolley.
Listed as Pioneer of Australia (The Bi-Centenary Register -2nd edition). Ticket of Leave No.834, Pardon No.369.
Children Hannah (1823), Louisa (1826) William John (1833)

Phil Hands on 10th February, 2018 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Surrey Assizes on 29th March 1813 for stealing cows, he was sentenced to transportation for life.
Left England on 26th August 1813.
Ship:- the ‘General Hewart’ sailed with 300 male convicts on board of which 34 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 7th February 1814.

John had been a convict worker on the farm of Edward Riley and Mary Bellas. Prior to this he has worked for Thomas Gosport at Windsor.
Edward Riley died on 10th November 1821 age 50, leaving Mary with 3 young children, Elizabeth b1811, Mary Ann b1814 & John b1816.
Mary and John Dolley sought permission to marry on 7th March 1825. The marriage was approved on 11th November 1827, they married on 8th December 1828 at Sackville Reach NSW, they had 3 children between 1823-1832.

Mary died on 8th January 1839 at Milkmaid Reach, Hawkesbury District of NSW age 51.
John died on 14th May 1876 at Aubigny, Toowoomba, Queensland age 84.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 27th May, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1792 (prev. 0000), date of death: 14th May, 1876 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Joan Hickey on 19th August, 2016 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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