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John Graham

John Graham, one of 156 convicts transported on the Neptune, 18 March 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Graham
Aliases: Jock Worthy
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Labourer
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: Larceny
Convicted at: Cumberland City of Carlisle Quarter Sess.
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune
Departure date: 18th March, 1820
Arrival date: 16th July, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 155 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 266
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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Timna on 26th November, 2016 wrote:

Carlisle Patriot 23 October 1819, page 4.
John GRAHAM, jun. of the parish of St. Mary, labourer, (better known by the appellation of Jock Worthy) was next put to the bar, charged with stealing one shirt, the property of John Lambert HORSLEY, of Castle-street, Carlisle.

Mr. FAWCETT shortly stated the facts to the Jury. Mrs. HORSLEY hung a shirt to dry in a place adjoining her dwelling house, and when she went about eight in the evening to take it in, the shirt had been carried off. KIRK, the constable, having been employed to discover other stolen linen, found the shirt in question upon the back of GRAHAM, wet, in the Sorceries.

The shirt was here produced, and Mrs. HORSLEY swore to it by some peculiar marks with which she was well acquainted.

The prisoner, in his defence, denied having stolen the shirt. He said he found it, at night, in Fisher-street, upon the flags wet and covered with dirt. When KIRK demanded the shirt, he gave it up readily, saying that if the shirt was his, he was welcome to it.—He had no one to speak to his character.

The Jury instantly found the prisoner Guilty.

Mr. HODGSON passed the sentence of the Court. He said, that the offence of which the prisoner (who is a notorious character) had been convicted was of late become very prevalent; and as it was difficult to guard against the stealing of wet linen, it was necessary, for the good of the public, that he should be removed from this neighbourhood. The Court, therefore, sentenced him to seven years’ transportation.
Prisoner.—I am very much obliged to you, gentlemen. I have been blamed for many things of this kind that I never did. I am much obliged to you all; but I don’t think it right, though.

D Wong on 26th November, 2016 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Papers:
GRAHAM, John. Per “Neptune”, 1820

1820 Jul 28:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Neptune” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.157)

1823 Oct 31:  On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.84, 444-5)

14/3/1831: COF

Convict Changes History

Timna on 26th November, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Jock Worthy, gender: m, occupation, crime

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