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John Hill

John Hill, one of 200 convicts transported on the Ann, August 1809

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hill
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1782
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing a horse
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ann or Anne
Departure date: August, 1809
Arrival date: 27th February, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 424
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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Robin Sharkey on 11th April, 2018 wrote:

John Hill’s Crime in England:

Hampshire Chronicle (Hampshire, England), Monday, August 15, 1808, p. 3

“At Chelmsford Assizes the following prisoners were capitally convicted, and received sentence of death, but were afterwards reprieved – JOHN HILL, for stealing a brown mare the property of Mr Wingfield of Great Burstead; John Tyler for returning from Transportation before the expiration of the term of his sentence; James Rayner and William Grubb for sheep-stealing.”

Robin Sharkey on 12th April, 2018 wrote:

John Hill per “Anne” Essex Assizes 3 August 1808 Life

Ticket of Leave no 623 granted 1813

1811 -John Hill; Convicted: Aug 1809 Chelmsford Life; Arrived per Anne, Convict; Occupation/Residence -NSW

1813 -  Ticket of Leave Number: 13/0046
John Hill;  Place of Trial: Essex 1808; Sentence: Life; Ship: Anne, Year: 1810;  Native Place: Essex; Year of Birth: 1782;  Age: 31; Trade or Calling: Labourer;
Reference: SRNSW 4/4427; Reel 601.

1814 Muster - Mustered at Windsor, Mary Fitzgerald, Wife to John Hill; Victualling: Off Stores, Children: 2 children on stores, 3 children off stores.

There are five children recorded for the victualling records in the October 1814, however, have found only four of Mary’s children in the NSWBDM indexes:

1. Nicholas McCann, born on 28th November 1803. Aged nearly 11 yrs in Oct 1814 Muster
2. Catherine McCann, was born in 1805. Aged 9 yrs in Oct 1814 Muster

3. BRIDGET NEALE born 17 January 1810. Aged 4&1/2 years at Oct 1814 Muster

4. Eleanor Hill born March 1811. Aged 3 & ½ years at Oct 1814 Muster

The 5th child from the NSWBDM index is Elizabeth Hill, but she was not born until 25 August 1815.

On 24th December 1815,  Mary and John Hill had their 4 month old baby, Elizabeth Hill, baptised at St Matthew’s Church Windsor.  They made it a job lot, getting older children baptised at the same time:
*their first daughter Elizabeth aged 3yrs 9 months was baptised as well on 24/12/1815, and
* also Mary’s daughter Bridget Neale by her second husband, James Neale. Bridget was only one month away from turning 5 years old when she was baptised. 

Letter Dated 6 Nov 1813 - John Hill; Arrived per Anne (2), 1810 Hawkesbury,  Original Remarks: Received ticket of leave. To be struck off the victualling list

John Hill; Arrived per Anne (2), Status: C TL (Convict; Ticket of Leave); Occupation/Residence &c, Mustered at Windsor [NSW AUS]; Victualling: Off Stores 

1816 – Febry 1819 ‘Ann’ 1810 [at] Chelmsford, August (illegible)  Ticket of Leave Landholder Richmond

1818 Ticket of Leave Landholder - in the colony

1820 Ticket of Leave - in the colony

Sept 1822 - John Hill; Life; Arrived per Anne, Status: TL; Occupation/Residence: Landholder, Windsor 

Sept 1825 - Mary Fitzgerald; 7 years; Arrived per Atlas 1802, Status: FS (Free by Servitude); Occupation/Residence, Evan; Wife of John Hill
Sept 1825 - John Hill; Life; Arrived per Ann 1810, Status: TL; Occupation/Residence: Landholder, Bringelly.

John Hill Died: 1827 “Age 35”, (NSW BDM 7255/1827 V18277255 2C). John would in fct have been 45 years, based on the age / birth year recorded for his Conditional Pardon in 1813.

D Myre on 8th May, 2022 wrote:

John Hill was given as sponsor for his step-granddaughter, Ellen Hughes, who was baptised at St Mary’s RC church, Sydney on 12 Jan 1829 .  The record states Ellen was 2 weeks old, the daughter of John Hughes and Bridget O’Niel.
Therefore, John Hill’s death date of 1827 should be questioned.
The other sponsor of Ellen was an Ann Masterton.

D Myre on 8th May, 2022 wrote:

after 1833
Entrance and Description Book Sydney 1834-1838

Entrance and Description Book Sydney 1831-1847
Text: John Hill, Ann 1808, born 1783, 5 feet 5 and a half inches tall, stout, fair complexion and grey eyes

Text: Hill John, Ann, 1809, free, native of Essex, Catholic, labourer
admitted 6 Sep 1833 Police Office, hard labour 1 month, farm labour, discharged 6 Oct 1833.

Maureen Withey on 8th May, 2022 wrote:

NSW 1828 Census (Original) (seen through Familysearch)
Parramatta district. Householder is Mary Hill. (no land or livestock held) Mary signed the form with her mark X.

Mary Hill, age 44, F.S. Atlas, 1802, 7 years, Housekeeper, Parramatta district. Catholic.
Bridget Hughes, age 19, B.C. daught. of above, catholic.
Mary Smith, age 5, B.C. daughter of Bridget, Catholic.
Elizabeth Hill, age 13, B.C. daught of Mary, catholic.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 11th April, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: m

Robin Sharkey on 12th April, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1782 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1827 (prev. 0000), crime

Iris Dunne on 8th May, 2022 made the following changes:

date of death: 0000 (prev. 1827)

Iris Dunne on 8th May, 2022 made the following changes:


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