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John Hollands

John Hollands, one of 156 convicts transported on the Speke, 13 December 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hollands
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 12th December, 1870
Age: 82 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Speke
Departure date: 13th December, 1820
Arrival date: 18th May, 1821
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 155 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 422
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 14th October, 2011 wrote:

John was married to Mary in Kent, and they had several children. After his transportation, he was assigned to work for James Atkinson on his property "Oldbury" near Moss Vale.
Atkinson, during a trip back to England around 1826, met Mary & aided her in her emigration as a free settler. He then assisted her getting a land grant near Oldbury and had John reassigned as Mary’s convict labourer.
John & Mary went on to have more children, and John died in 1870, falling from a horse at the age of 82.

Cindy Fitzgerald on 28th November, 2020 wrote:

interesting to note that his daughter Mary Hollands married James Ritchie 1848 his father also was a convict assigned to James Atkinson Oldbury Sutton Forest and said Robert Riches wife also came out from Norfolk UK and her husband Robert Riches was assigned to her interesting

Lisa Timmings on 2nd January, 2021 wrote:

Mary Hollands had twin daughters in England, after John was transported. She and the children were living in the poor house and it’s unknown if she was raped. One of the twins died in England, aged two, before Atkinson brought Mary and the children to Australia.
James Ritchie was transported with John and it was Atkinson who also brought Ritchies family to Australia.

Convict Changes History

Loretta Orford on 22nd July, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1788, date of death 12th December, 1870, gender, occupation

Lisa on 19th May, 2017 made the following changes:


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