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John Flett, one of 210 convicts transported on the Blenheim, 11 March 1837
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 60 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 10. Tasmanian Archives - convict records. Trove newspapers online
||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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Nell Murphy on 11th September, 2018 wrote:
John FLETT was convicted at Inverness, Scotland on 25 April 1836 for house breaking and theft. 7 yr transportation sentence. Gaol Report: “convicted before. Good temper and sober”. Hulk Report: “theft, onboard”. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Blenheim’ arriving 16 July 1837. Ship surgeon’s report: “good”.
Work gangs and service assignments.
Several records of misconduct but this was a very hard period of time under the Convict system.
1838: at Launceston - Larceny. sentence extended 3 yrs.
1839: Campbell Town gang.
9 June 1843: Ticket of Leave granted.
23 July 1844: Application for permission to marry - to Priscilla Smith (per ‘Sir Charles Forbes’).
1846: Free Certificate issued, no. 473.
8 Oct 1847: Launceston Supreme Court - Stealing a watch. Sentence extended 7 yrs. To be sent to Port Arthur Penal Settlement. Discharged from probation in 1848 and assigned in Hobart.
1847 Personal details: aged 32 yrs; married man; Protestant; can read & write; a watchmaker; 5’3 1/2”; fresh complexion; brown hair; grey eyes.
Place of birth: Kirkvale, Orchney Islands, Scotland.
Noted on this record that he had originally been transported per the Blenheim in 1836.
Further offence, in the Colony:
26 Oct 1867 at Launceston: stealing an umbrella & handkerchief. 12 mths hard labour.
6 March 1883 at Westbury: Larceny. 12 mths hard labour.
Convict Changes History
Nell Murphy on 11th September, 2018 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 10. Tasmanian Archives - convict records. Trove newspapers online (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number