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John Hancock

John Hancock, one of 160 convicts transported on the Thames, 27 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hancock
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 16th February, 1805
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: 8th January, 1883
Age: 77 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing chickens
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Thames
Departure date: 27th July, 1829
Arrival date: 21st November, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 132
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

Anonymous on 27th April, 2012 wrote:

John Hancock was indicted for teatling 32 live fowls, the property of William Robinson.  He was born in Holloway middlesex.

Description:25, dark complexion, dark brown hair, round head, 5’3" tall, no whiskers, long fce, dark brown arched eyebrows, dark hazel eyes, medium large nose, wide mouth, thick lips and a long chin.

He was married with 2 children.

8/2/1830: PB - Drunk and disorderley yesterday morning, 25 lashes.
10/5/1830: PB - Drunk in the PB on Saturday night last, treadwheel for 7 days.
22/7/1830: PB - Disobeyance of orders yesterday - treadwheel 7 days.
20/9/1830: PB - Drunk in the PB last saturday night, 12 lashes.
24/1/1831:Ditto, treadwheel 6 days
14/2/1831:Ditto, 2 dozen lashes.
24/4/1831: Neglecting his work, 6 weeks imprisonment with hard labour.
17/4/1839: Ditto, 25 lashes.
29/1/1834: Ditto, 25 lashes.
12/6/1834:PW - AWOL, 30 lashes.

Death possibly 1877 Hobart (No proof tho)

Clay Hancock on 2nd December, 2012 wrote:

Father, George Hancock, Mother, Sarah Ann Archer.
John Hancock married Caroline Kerrison, 4/7/1836 in Perth, Tasmania. 5xIssue. Then in 1845, set out for Adelaide/Mt Barker on thre ‘Henry’. 7xIssue Mt Barker. 1860 moved to Victorian Goldfields, 3xIssue.
John Hancock’s brother, William henry Hancock was also Tried & Convicted of the same crime (jointly). Wlliam Henry Hancock b. 10/6/1798 Transported to NSW. He died in the Windsor Hospital, Sydney 16/4/1840.

Carole on 18th February, 2020 wrote:

John is buried in Dunolly Cemetery, Victoria with wife Caroline & son Cornelius

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 27th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1804-00-00, gender m

Clay Hancock on 2nd December, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 16th February, 1805, date of death 8th January, 1884, crime

Carole on 18th February, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 8th January, 1883 (prev. 8th January, 1884)

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