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John Holmes

John Holmes, one of 188 convicts transported on the Atlas, 16 January 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Holmes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1789
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1820
Age: 31 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~grand larceny
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Atlas
Departure date: 16th January, 1816
Arrival date*: 16th September, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 195 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 247 (125)
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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D Wong on 30th June, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOHN HOLMES, Theft > grand larceny, 26th October 1814.
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

JOHN HOLMES was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 22d of October , a stove grate, value 18 s. 6 d. the property of David Evans.
DAVID EVANS I am a stove grate maker. I live in Crutched-friars. I was not at home when the circumstance happened.
ANSELM GEARING. I am clerk to William and Henry Breen. They are malt factors in Mark-lane. On Saturday evening last I was passing the prosecuter’s door, about six o’clock. The prisoner, with a lad about sixteen years old, in a white jacket, passed me within about half a yard. The prisoner sent the boy in a white jacket to take up the stove that was standing by the prosecutor’s door; the boy took the stove up, and carried it into Jewry-street. I went into Mr. Evan’s shop, and informed his man that a boy had taken a stove away. The man went round the corner, and I went with him; he took the stove off the prisoner’s shoulder. The prisoner had got it then upon his shoulder; we took the prisoner into custody, the boy escaped.
JOHN IVES . I am porter to Mr. Evans. I was in Mr. Evans’s shop. I followed the men by the information of the last witness, and catched the prisoner with the stove upon his back round the corner in Jewry-street.
THOMAS PINNER. I took the prisoner into custody on Saturday night, the 22d of October. This is the stove.
Prosecutor. That is my stove.

Prisoner’s Defence, I was coming by a young man I saw with the stove upon his shoulder. He asked me which way I was going. I said towards Whitechapel. He said he would give me sixpence to take the stove to Houndsditch. I took the stove about twenty yards when a gentlemen came and stopped me with it. I told him I had it of a young man that was to give me sixpence for taking it to Houndsditch.
GUILTY, aged 25.
Transported for seven years.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
HOLMES, John. Per “Atlas”, 1816
1816 Jul 29:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Atlas” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3495 p.62)

1820: John Holmes died when he was accidentally shot (no reference in the newspapers).
John was buried at St. John’s, Parramatta.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 30th June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1789 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1820 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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