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John Holmes

John Holmes, one of 31 convicts transported on the Gorgon, February 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Holmes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1758
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1843
Age: 85 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: York (City of) Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Gorgon
Departure date: February, 1791
Arrival date: 21st September, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 30 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 154
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

Denis Pember on 6th March, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, John formed a relationship with Eleanor Stores (Convict, Nile, 1801) around 1805. It would seem that they had no children, although Eleanor already had a young son Edward Stores born 1803.
In the 1806 Muster….
Ellen Stowers, Nile, ticket of leave, Protestant, with John Holmes, carpenter.
Holmes, John, carpenter, self employed, free by servitude.

Denis Pember on 6th March, 2016 wrote:

In the later Musters…
Stowis, Eleanor, free by servitude, Nile, 7 years, wife of J. Holmes, Sydney
Holmes, John, free by servitude, Gorgon, 7 years, husband of E. Steward, Sydney
Holmes, Edward, 20, born in the colony, son of John Holmes, Sydney [probably Edward Stores].

John Holmes, free by servitude, Gorgon, 7 years.
Eleanor Stores, free by servitude, Nile, 7 years, wife.
Edward Holmes, 20, born in the colony, son.
William Davis, convict, 14 years, government servant.

Denis Pember on 6th March, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 195…
[Ref H2133] Holmes, John, free by servitude, Gorgon, 1792, 7 years, Protestant, servant to George Cox, Pitt Street.
## Eleanor had died in 1826.

Maureen Withey on 26th April, 2020 wrote:

National Archives.
HO 47/6/76 1787 Aug 17
Certificate/memorial of Lord Loughborough and John Wilson concerning several convicts sentenced to death on the Northern Circuit for whom ‘some favourable circumstances’ appeared on/after their trial
City of York Assizes
1. John Holmes and William King, for highway robbery. 7 years transportation.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 6th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1758 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1843 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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