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John Lewis Fornham

John Lewis Fornham, one of 336 convicts transported on the Barrosa, 31 July 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Lewis Fornham
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Brickmaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing trousers
Convicted at: York, West Riding Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Barossa
Departure date: 31st July, 1839
Arrival date: 8th December, 1839
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 335 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 85 (44)
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 18th November, 2018 wrote:

13/4/1839 Leeds Times Yorkshire, England:
ROBBERY AT ROUNDHAY. Thomas Greenwood (18), William Spencer (29), and John Lewis Fornham (36), charged with having entered the saddle-room of William Cadman, Esq., of Roundhay, on the morning of Good Friday, and stolen a quantity of handkerchiefs, coats, and other wearing apparel, the property of John Renton, the groom.

The jury found all the prisoners guilty.

Greenwood, to whose good character two women from Knottingley had spoken, pleaded guilty to having been previously convicted and had been several times imprisoned for vagrancy.

Fornham had been tried at Doncaster Sessions in 1822, convicted of felony, and transported for seven years; that he was away four years, and that about two months ago he was in custody again at Doncaster for uttering base coin, but the charge could not be made out against him.  At this time a pistol, a chisel, and some skeleton keys were found in his possession.

The court sentenced Fornham and Greenwood to be transported for seven Years, and Spencer to be imprisoned twelve months in the House of Correction, to hard labour.

Thomas Greenwood arrived NSW per Maitland 1840.

John Lewis Fornham was 36 years old on arrival : Native Place: Kent.

John was literate, protestant, married (no children listed), 5’5” tall, dark ruddy and pockpitted, dark brown mixed with grey hair, brown hair.

13/1/1844: TOL Yass
17/4/1846: COF

Port Macquarie.
From his Certificate of Freedom 17/4/1846:
43 years old, 5’5” tall, dark ruddy and pockpitted complexion, brown mixed with grey hair, brown eyes, lost a front tooth left side of upper jaw, front teeth in lower jaw irregular, eyebrows partially meeting, scar on back of third finger of left hand.

Held a TOL No.44/245 dated 13/1/1844.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 18th November, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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