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John Eyre

John Eyre, one of 297 convicts transported on the Nile, Canada and Minorca, June 1801

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Eyre
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Warwick (Coventry) Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Nile, Canada and Minorca
Departure date: June, 1801
Arrival date: 14th December, 1801
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 300
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 July, 2016 wrote:

John Eyre was born at Coventry, the son of Thomas Eyre, a wood-comber and weaver to whom he was apprenticed.

4/6/1804: CP

John Eyre was an artist and a painter, in 1811 he was engaged to paint numbers on all buildings on the east side of the Tank Stream at sixpence a time; and in February 1812 he received £12 for painting the constables’ staffs of office.

On 15 August 1812 Eyre advertised his intention of leaving the colony.

By this time he had become associated with Absalom West, an emancipist who was a prosperous brewer. In March 1812 West published two views of Sydney, engraved by Philip Slaeger, also an emancipist, and the originals of these were almost certainly by Eyre. On 15 August 1812 Eyre advertised his intention of leaving the colony. He obviously left a considerable number of his works with West, and the proceeds of these may well have paid for his passage. In January 1813, when West issued a set of twelve views of Sydney, Port Jackson, Botany Bay, Parramatta and Newcastle, no fewer than ten were from originals by Eyre, two engraved by Slaeger and eight by Walter Presston, another convict, who arrived in the Guilford in January 1812. A second series of twelve views was issued in 1814: four were credited to Eyre and two others were probably from his originals.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
EYRE, John. Per “Canada”, 1801
1809 Feb 22:  Submitting account for copying charts of Captain Flinders and others, to the order of Captain Bligh (Reel 6041; 4/1722 p.43)
1811 Jan 5 Appointed to paint numbers on houses in Sydney (Reel 6038; SZ758 p.156)
1812 Feb 1 Paid from Police Fund for painting Constables’ Staffs of Office (Reel 6038; SZ758 p.278)

He left the Colony as a free man in 1812; nothing is known of his later life.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th July, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1771 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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