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John Goldsmith

John Goldsmith, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Goldsmith
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1773
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 14th May, 1836
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing linen
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1071 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 46
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

Daniel Stapleton on 20th July, 2014 wrote:

Transported for stealing a bundle of linen handkerchiefs from a shop

D Wong on 20th July, 2014 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOHN GOLDSMITH, GEORGE CLARKE, JOHN CARROLL, Theft > shoplifting, 11th July 1787.

JOHN GOLDSMITH , GEORGE CLARKE , JOHN CARROLL , were indicted for stealing on the 29th of June last, one piece of linen handkerchief, value 3 l. the property of James Bishop , privily in his shop .
The prosecutor’s wife saw the prisoner Goldsmith in the shop, with the handkerchiefs under his coat, the other boys were not in the shop.
Transported for seven years .

25 April 1788 - Sent from Newgate Gaol to the ‘Stanislaus’ hulk on the Thames
16 November 1789 - Embarked on the ‘Surprise’ transport
1802 - Recorded as being in a farming partnership with Charles GRANGER (per ‘Friendship’ 1788) in the Hawkesbury district
1806 - Still in partnership with GRANGER at Cattai. The Muster of that year shows that a woman and 4 children were living with them. Both GOLDSMITH and GRANGER had become tenants of Paul BUSHELL
January 1810 - The partners petitioned Governor Macquarie for confirmation of a land grant awarded to them by the anti-Bligh regime
July 1810 - The partnership was in financial difficulties when their crop and other effects were advertised for sale by execution
June 1811 - John GOLDSMITH was included in a list of people who were to receive land grants in the South Creek area of the Hawkesbury
December 1811 - A crop belonging to GRANGER was advertised under similar circumstances.

9/10/1813: Married Sarah Bowen at St Johns Parramatta.  They had 3 children.

1814 - Listed as a landholder in the Liverpool area and as living with Sarah BOWEN? (per ‘Minstrel’ 1812)
1822 - Listed as holding 10 acres by lease in the Liverpool district
October 1824 - Listed as resident at Appin when he petitioned the Governor for a land grant to assist with the support of his wife and children
1828 - Listed in the Census as aged 60 and resident at Darling Harbour in Sydney. His occupation was shown as labourer. His wife and two youngest children were listed as resident with him. The eldest child, Eliza, was working as a servant on the farm of Mr ROSE at Appin
February 1831 - The Sydney Benevolent Society approved payment for the repairs needed to a boat that had been issued to John. In April 1833 John was still making payments on the boat
1 February 1835 - John and Sarah’s son John GOLDSMITH junior died

14/5/1836: John died and was buried at the Elizabeth Street burial ground, Sydney.

1828 Census: He was listed as being 60 years old which would make his birth date 1768, however other records have him born in 1773.

Convict Changes History

Daniel Stapleton on 20th July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1773 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 20th July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of death: 14th May, 1836 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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