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John Hobden

John Hobden, one of 216 convicts transported on the Clyde, 20 August 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hobden
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: School teacher
Date of Death: 15th September, 1878
Age: 88 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 Life

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Sussex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Clyde
Departure date: 20th August, 1830
Arrival date: 18th December, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 215 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 477 (241)
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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Rod McIntosh on 1st February, 2016 wrote:

There are also photographs of John and his wife and of their residence at Cambridge, Hobart.
These can be found at the State Library of Tasmania Archives.

Desma Wieringa on 16th June, 2018 wrote:

date of birth 08 Jan 1790

D Wong on 16th June, 2018 wrote:

27/3/1830 Worcester Herald Worcestershire, England:
Horsham assizes, on Wednesday, John Hobden, a schoolmaster, and assistant at the post office, Brighton, was convicted of embezzling and secreting a letter, containing a 10l. Bank of England note, and judgment of death was recorded against him.

John Hobden was born near Brighton, Sussex.  He had served in the British Navy.

1st Wife: Elizabeth - 6 children (in England).

1831: Clerk/Town Adjutants Office.
2/4/1831: Clerk/Police Office.

18/12/1835: Embezzling the sum of 29/. the property of his Master - Port Arthur for 2 years.

1837: TOL

14/12/1840: CP
5/11/1844: Recommended to the Queen for a Free Pardon - approved 25/2/1846.
5/1/1847: Extended to any Country but Europe.

1850: Married Ann Fitzgerald - 10 children. John was listed as 50 years old, a schoolmaster, and Ann 21, married at Hobart.

4/7/1850 The Britannia and Trades’ Advocate, Hobart Town:
On Saturday last, the 29th ult., by special license, Mr. John Hobden, Teacher of St. James’ School, Hobart Town, to Ann, daughter of Mr. Fitzgerald, settler, Old Beach, near Brighton.

15/9/1878: John Hobden, aged 88 years, Schoolmaster, died of Bronchitis - death registered at Clarence.

17/9/1878 The Mercury, Hobart:
HOBDEN.—On September 15, at his residence Public School, Cambridge, after a short illness John Hobden, aged 86 years, formerly of Hobarton.
Friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral which will move from his late residence, TO-MORROW, at 12 o’clock.

18/9/1878 The Mercury, Hobart:
OBITUARY.-In yesterday’s Mercury there was an intimation of the death of an old colonist, Mr. John Hobden, school-master at Cambridge.
His was a somewhat chequered career. He was, says a correspondent, bom near Brighton in Sussex, England, on the 8th January, 1790.
He was a midshipman in the British navy in 1807, when the renewal of the war against France by the third European coalition was proceeding with vigour.
He was taken by the French about this time and kept a prisoner of war until he made his escape just before the restoration of the Bourbons, and conclusion of the war in 1814. Soon after his return to England, he was appointed by the Lords of the Admiralty as teacher of navigation in the British navy.
He arrived in Tasmania in 1830, when he was for some time engaged as clerk to Governor Arthur. He afterwards went to Norfolk Plains to teach at Mr. Cleburn’s grammar school. After that he was engaged as clerk to Mr. Gibson. He subsequently returned to Hobart Town, where he kept a school for a number of years. He taught navigation to a good many who have since become masters of vessels belonging to this port. He conducted the Cambridge Public School (Tasmania), for nearly 13 years, and taught until within 11 weeks of his death.
Requiescat in pace!

Convict Changes History

Rod McIntosh on 1st February, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

Rod McIntosh on 1st February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 15th September, 1878 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 16th June, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), crime

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