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Francis Ewer

Francis Ewer, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Francis Ewer
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 25th September, 1797
Occupation: Plumber
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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 377 (190)
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 9th December, 2012 wrote:

Francis Ewer was 19 years old when indicted at the Old Bailey.  He received a death sentence but was reprieved and sent to Sydney for life.

The son of Thomas and Jane Ewer, St. Sepulchre, London.

13/5/1820: Convict. Re deposition and statement of re case of American ship “General Gates” carrying off prisoners from New South Wales contrary to port regulations; deposition made on board “Dromedary” at New Zealand on 14 Apr.

13/1/1821: Received 25 lashes and transported for purloining a quantity of lead.
27/1/1821: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson”.
27/2/1822: To be removed to Port Macquarie having given himself up under the proclamation of Sir Thomas Brisbane.
27/2/1822: On lists of convict runaways removed to Port Macquarie per “Newcastle”.
10/12/1822: Prisoner at Port Macquarie to be forwarded to Sydney to give evidence at the Criminal Court.

17,19/12/1822: Summoned from Port Macquarie per “lady Nelson” to appear as a witness in a mujrder trial.
23/4/1823,9/5/1823: Re his confinement at the Convict Barracks.

21/8/1823: Absconded from Byron’s gang.
Described as: 5’8” tall, grey eyes, dark sandy hair, fair ruddy complexion.

7/7/1825: Absconded from Plumber’s Gang.

The 1825 General Muster shows Francis is again at Port Macquarie.  No subsequent records of Francis have been found.

Maureen Withey on 28th December, 2019 wrote:

Francis Ewer, plumber, per Ocean 3, 5 feet 8 inches
high, fair ruddy complexion, pock-pitted, dark sandy
hair, grey eyes.
Sydney Gazette, 31 July 1819.

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 wrote:

Medical Journal of Ocean for 21 June 1817 to 16 Jan 1818, by George Fairfowl.
ADM 101/57/8/11817-1817

Folio 6: Francis Ever, Convict, aged 20; disease or hurt, severe headache, vertigo, prostration of strength, anorexia and sickness of stomach. Taken ill, 19 September 1817. Dismissed cured 10 October 1817.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th December, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 25th September, 1797, gender, occupation, crime

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