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John Evans

John Evans, one of 260 convicts transported on the Merchantman, 29 June 1864

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Evans
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1841
Occupation: Clerk
Date of Death: 16th February, 1869
Age: 28 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 8 years

Crime: Firing a haystack
Convicted at: Oxford Assizes
Sentence term: 8 years
Ship: Merchantman
Departure date: 29th June, 1864
Arrival date: 12th September, 1864
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 260 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 51 (28)
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

D Wong on 8th November, 2014 wrote:

John Evans was 22 years old when transported.  He was 5’7” tall, dark brown hair, light blue eyes, long face, fair complexion, middling stout, single.

1/12/1865: TOL

John worked as a general servant, butcher and labourer.

16/2/1869: John died at Champion Bay, WA.  He was found dead in the bush in attempting to escape.

12/3/1869 Perth Gazette and West Australia Times:
LAST week we had to report no less
than three deaths arising from accident, and
this week we have four more to record. One,
that of a man named Dawson, whose body was
found in the river at the Vasse, and is supposed
to have been drowned while endeavoring to ob-
tain some ducks he had shot. The two others apparently met a more painful death from
thirst and exhaustion: Michael Barber, c.p.,
and John Evans, t.l., started from Champion
Bay to walk to Perth, and were found dead by
Mr. Walcott at a place named ” Nurabung,”
about 40 miles north of the Moore River. The
poor fellows had evidently given up from thirst
and exhaustion and laid themselves down to
die wrapped up in their rugs.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 8th November, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1841 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th February, 1869 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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