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John Herring

John Herring, one of 176 convicts transported on the Manlius, 16 July 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Herring
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Plaisterer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Manlius
Departure date: 16th July, 1828
Arrival date: 9th November, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 175 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 448
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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Dianne Jones on 28th April, 2021 wrote:

OCCUPATION: Plasterer’s labourer.

Dianne Jones on 28th April, 2021 wrote:

1828, 21 February: John HERRING, born 1807, was tried at the Old Bailey:

“757. JOHN HERRING was indicted for stealing, on the 23d of February, 1 shawl, value 10s.; 4 dead ducks, value 3s.; 1 bonnet, value 10s., 1 half-sovereign, and 23 shillings , the property of James Steward. [Note: The date of the offence must be incorrect, given that the trial was held on 21 February 1828.]

ELLEN STEWARD: I am the wife of James Steward - we live in a small stable, in Stratton-mews, Bloomsbury. On Friday night I was at home - my husband was in the country; a little girl slept with me, and her brother in the same room; I went to bed about eleven o’clock - all was fastened then. I awoke, and saw the window open - it is one story high; there are carts in the yard: I think a person could get up without a ladder. The girl awoke me, saying the window was open, and there was a thief in the room; I looked up, and saw the prisoner in his shirt-sleeves, and his black waistcoat - he blew out the rushlight, took off the counterpane, and covered his face, and ran down stairs - we called Murder! and Thieves! I got up, and went to his place, where his wife lays in; he lives next door to us - we knew him well; he was not there: the shawl and ducks were found behind a cart in the mews, with his jacket.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS: Q. Did you speak to the man? A. No, I was afraid. I never accused anybody else of it; I know Flood - he slept with the prisoner - I did not accuse him of it, but said he must have put him up to get into the room. My property was all safe when I went to bed.

JAMES RUTH: I am thirteen years old, and slept in the room; I was awake, and saw the prisoner come to the drawers - I am certain of him; I knew him before: I called out; Mrs. Steward was awake - he put out the rushlight, which stood on the table, close to the bed. I saw him take the money from the drawers.

Cross-examined: Q. Were you not rather frightened? A. Yes. I did not tell the Magistrate he was the man, but I am sure he is.

GEORGE PRATT: I am a watchman. At a quarter to two o’clock in the morning, I heard a rattle spring, and ran to the spot; I found this shawl, two pairs of wild fowls, and the prisoner’s jacket behind a cart in the mews.

ELLEN STEWARD: I know this to be the prisoner’s jacket - I am certain of it; I saw him with it on when he got his beer for supper.

GUILTY. Aged 21.
Transported for Seven Years.” (see https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/)

Dianne Jones on 28th April, 2021 wrote:

1828, February: John HERRING petitioned, unsuccessfully, against his sentence of transportation. Below is a summary record from the National Archives:

“HO 17/122/185 … Prisoner name: John Herring. Prisoner details: Aged 21.
Court and date of trial: Old Bailey February Sessions 1828.
Crime: Theft of articles belonging to James Stewart. Initial sentence: Seven years transportation. Gaoler’s report: Not known here. Annotated (Outcome): Nil.
Petitioner(s): Prisoner and nine inhabitants of London.
Grounds for clemency (Petition Details): Honest and sober; aged mother; wife and two infant children dependent upon him.
Additional Information: In Newgate gaol.” (see https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C15075578)

1828, 21 March: John HERRING, convicted for housebreaking, was sent from Newgate and received aboard the prison hulk Justitia at Woolwich. He was sent from there for transportation on 7 July 1828 (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849).

Dianne Jones on 28th April, 2021 wrote:

1828: On arrival in VDL, John HERRING was 21, a plasterer’s labourer from London. He said he had a previous conviction for vagrancy. His wife Mary and their two children were living with Mary’s father in George Street, St Giles. He had last worked for Brown, a plasterer, in Crown Street, Soho (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-19$init=CON31-1-19p131).

1830: Muster – assigned to Public Works (see NSW and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849; Tasmania 1830).

1832: Muster – assigned to Mr Betts (see NSW and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849; Tasmania 1832).

1835, 24 April: John HERRING received his Certificate of Freedom (see Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records, 1800-1899; Register A - L, 1804-1841).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 28th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Dianne Jones on 28th April, 2021 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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