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John Ferguson

John Ferguson, one of 270 convicts transported on the Nile, 18 September 1857

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Ferguson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1833
Occupation: Striker
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 Life

Crime: Manslaughter
Convicted at: Lancashire, Liverpool Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Nile
Departure date: 18th September, 1857
Arrival date: 1st January, 1858
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 269 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 237 (120)
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

Steven Horton on 27th November, 2013 wrote:

John killed his lover by cutting her throat in Toxteth, Liverpool on 21st January 1856. On 22nd January 1856 the Liverpool Mercury described him as ‘most contemptible, a thorough acquaintance with crime may be read in his countenance’.

D Wong on 30th November, 2013 wrote:

John Ferguson was Convict No. 4549.  John was 24 years old, single, illiterate, protestant, 5’1 1/4” tall, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, healthy build, broken joint 2nd finger left hand, 11 blue dots on right hand, S.R. on right arm, cut on left temple, 11 dots left hand and H. 2nd finger left hand.

4/12/1862: TOL
14/5/1867: CP at Champion Bay.

Convict Changes History

Steven Horton on 27th November, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1833, gender, crime

D Wong on 30th November, 2013 made the following changes:


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