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John Hetterick

John Hetterick, one of 257 convicts transported on the Maria Somes, 03 May 1850

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hetterick
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Railway worker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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
Convicted at: Lancaster. Preston General Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Maria Somes
Departure date: 3rd May, 1850
Arrival date: 9th August, 1850
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 259 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 246
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 18th January, 2012 wrote:

Assistant superintendent to the north union railway company. The following item appeared in the Lancashire Evening Post newspaper (Lancashire, UK) on 16/01/12:


In April 1848 John Hetterick, 40, was brought before the magistates at Preston Town Hall on suspicion of stealing from the railway.
He had been employed for two years as Assistant Superintendent by the North Union Railway Company.
Suspicion fell upon him when he arranged for a carter to move his belongings from a railway cottage in Charles Street to a lodging house in Church Street.
He appeared anxious wanting his property be moved at night under cover of darkness.
One of Hetterick’s duties was to look after lost property and to enter details in a ledger at the railway station.
His behaviour during the removal led the carter to speaking with the railway police and a search of the new house uncovered items which appeared to have been entrusted to him after being lost on the railway.
Within days Hetterick appeared at the Preston Quarter Sessions accused of stealing items including a rosewood dressing case, a mahogany writing desk, walking sticks, umbrellas, books and clothing.
Evidence was stacked up against him and the magistrates consulted for a short while before finding the case proven.
Hetterick was then informed that he would be transported for seven years.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 18th January, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

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