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John Hambleton

John Hambleton, one of 269 convicts transported on the Layton, 26 August 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hambleton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 8th December, 1889
Age: 69 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Layton
Departure date: 26th August, 1835
Arrival date: 10th December, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 127 (66)
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 23rd November, 2020 wrote:

John Hambleton was listed as 16 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Toxteth Park, Liverpool, England.

Transported for Stealing 1 handkf {1 Pr boots} also broke end. stole 3 coats 3 hats 2 lbs tea coffee & other articles.

John was 4’11¼” tall, fresh complexion, black hair and eyes, face freckled.

1835 Muster: Public Works.

6/1/1840: TOL
26/7/1841: Free Certificate.

John Hambleton was and actor, but was frequently billed singing songs and comic songs between the plays at the theatre in Launceston and Sydney, and briefly Maitland and Geelong.
In Sydney in November 1848 he introduced “An entirely new Local Comic Song, Advance Australia, or Sydney as it was.  Another regular hit of his was The unfortunate man.

John and his wife left Victoria for the Californian Goldfield in 1849.  In 1851 he returned to England and underwent an extreme evangelical conversion, and returned to Australia to proselytise in the 1880s.

8/12/1889: John Hambleton died in Geelong, Vic., aged 69.

10/12/1889 The Age, Melbourne:
HAMBLETON.— On Sunday, 8th December, at Geelong,
John Hambleton, aged 69. Home papers please copy.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 23rd November, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1820 (prev. 0000), date of death: 8th December, 1889 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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