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John Etchells

John Etchells, one of 300 convicts transported on the Marion, 22 November 1843

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Etchells
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 15 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Derby Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Marion
Departure date: 22nd November, 1843
Arrival date: 3rd April, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 493 (228). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?detail=1&type=C&id=22060
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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kathy Leo on 5th October, 2012 wrote:

John Etchells is my G.grandfather.
I would like to know who his parents are?
Siblings etc.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 5th October, 2012 wrote:

Tasmanian Archives - convicts (follow the ref. link) has a full Conduct Record and Indent.

Convict no. 22060.
Age 19/20yrs; 5’9”; Protestant; cannot read or write; Single; Labourer; Fair complexion; Light brown hair; Blue eyes; brown eyebrows. Native Place: Aylesworth, Lancashire.
Father- John; Mother- Mary; Sister - Sarah Ann. All in Macclesfield.

Hulk Report: Good.
Prison Report: Connected with very bad men convicted of felony several times.

Full record of assignments and colonial offences on Archive Record. Served time at Launceston, Fingal Station Gang and Saltwater River. Whilst employed to M. Gaunt John Etchell saved his employer’s son from drowning and also a second time a J & G Plummer when their boat sank. Mr. Gaunt requested John receive an early Ticket of Leave, but this was denied. (ref. in newspaper)

12/08/1859 Ticket of Leave.

D Wong on 5th October, 2012 wrote:

12/8/1880 The Mercury, Hobart:- STANLEY (From our own Correspondent).  At the Police Office on August 2, 1880, before Messrs. G. Anderson, S.M., and C.t. Smith J.P.,

Mrs. Mary Ann Etchells applied on the Bench for a protection order against her husband, John Etchells.

In support of her application, Mrs. Etchells, said she resided at the Black River; she last saw her husband on the 2nd ult., in the township.  He told her he had come to look for work, and if he did not succeed in his quest, he would go to his son at the Mersey.  He asked her for some money, and she gave him 14s.; he was now supposed to be in Melbourne.  All he had contributed towards the support of herself and family since March 8, was 228lb. flour and one bag of potatoes.  About a year ago he threatened to sell everything they had to raise, money to take him to Melbourne.  He had offered some things for sale in the neighbourhood,
but now one would buy them.  Applicant feared her husband might return and sell off what she had for drink.  The application was granted.

Peta Lewry on 5th September, 2015 wrote:

John Etchells is my 3rd Great Grandfather.

Convict Changes History

kathy Leo on 5th October, 2012 made the following changes:

gender, occupation, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 5th October, 2012 made the following changes:


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