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John Holmes

John Holmes, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fortune, November 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Holmes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1780
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Berks, Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fortune
Departure date: November, 1812
Arrival date: 11th June, 1813
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 HO11/2, Page Number 81 (42)
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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Maureen Withey on 14th June, 2020 wrote:

Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-18$init=CON31-1-18p5
2. John Holmes, per Fortune & Spring. Tried 2 July 1811, Life.
Conditional Pardon 1414, 7th August 1821.
May 6 1826. C.E. / Having sheep in his flock suspected to be stolen. Dis.
April 17 1829. Stealing a certain number of sheep the property of Mr J. H. Cawthorne, Macy? District.  Committed for trial.


Court Records:  https://stors.tas.gov.au/SC32-1-1$init=SC32-1-1p372jpg
John Holmes and George Priest were discharged by proclamation. 18 April 1829.


Marriage Record for Hobart Town District, 1821.  https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD36-1-1p93j2k
John Holmes, age 45, Convict, per Fortune, and Mary Johnson, age 40, convict per Alexander, on 7th April 1821, by Banns.  Both John and Mary signed with their mark X.

Maureen Withey on 14th June, 2020 wrote:

Wednesday last the Assizes ended for this county, when Richard Mascall and John Holmes, charged on the oath of John Haines, on suspicion of stealing a fat ewe sheep, the property of Abraham Turner, at Ashampstead, in in this county, in the night of the 25th of March, and Eli Beageot, charged on the oaths of James Walden and Joel Jarvis, on suspicion of having stolen and carried away two sheep, the property of the said James Walden.—Guilty Death, but were all reprieved before the Judge left the town.
Oxford University and City Herald, 27 July 1811.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th October, 2021 wrote:

Australia, Convict Index.
Age; 33 years
Trade; Farmer

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 14th June, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

Maureen Withey on 14th June, 2020 made the following changes:


Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th October, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1780 (prev. 0000), occupation

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