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John Hurst

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hurst
Aliases: General Ludd
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Rioting/unlawful oaths
Convicted at: Lancaster Session of Pleas
Sentence term: 7 years
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 84
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 21st November, 2019 wrote:

The following convicts have been removed from our Castle, this week, to be severally transported, agreeably to their sentences, viz Charles Sefton, James Robinson, John Fisher, James Knowles, Thomas Holden, Samuel Crossley, John Hope, John Hurst, Christopher Medcalf, James Brierley, Henry Thwait, Joseph Greenhalgh, Thos. Pickup, and John Burney. 
Lancaster Gazette, 20 June 1812.

Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2021 wrote:

Trials of the Rioters, etc.
The Court then adjourned till Wednesday morning, at nine, when twelve prisoners were put to the bar, charged with aiding and consenting to the administering an unlawful oath to Holland Bowden, a Serjeant in the Bolton Regiment of Lancashire Local Militia. Their trial lasted till near seven o’clock, when the Jury retired for above half an hour, and brought in a verdict of Guilty against Christopher Medcalf (41), James Brierley (30), Henry Thwaite (24), Thomas Pickup (51), John Hurst (37), Samuel Radcliffe (35), who was acquitted yesterday of setting fire to the factory at Westhoughton, and Joseph Greenhalgh (22) — and acquitted Joseph Clement, William Gifford, John Hays, Peter Topping, and James Knowles;
Lancaster Gazette, 30 May 1812.


The next day, Christopher Medcalfe, James Brierley, Henry Thwaite, Thomas Pickup, John Hurst (who went by the appellation of General Ludd) Samuel Radcliffe, and Joseph Greenhalgh, were found Guilty of aiding and assisting in the administering of an unlawful oath, to Holland Bowden, a Serjeant in the Bolton Local Militia. ...
Lancaster Gazette, 6 June 1812.


Colonial Secretary Index.

HURST, John. Per “Fortune”, 1813.

1815 Jul 14 - Servant to Henry St John Younge (Reel 6045; 4/1733 p.167)
1815 Jul 18 - Servant to Mr Younge. On list of convicts to embark on “Emu” for the Derwent (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.126)
1816 - Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3173; 4/1849 p.50)


Tasmanian Record:  https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-1$init=CON13-1-1p44
List of Names of male and Female convicts, proceeding to the Derwent in H.M. Colonial Brig Emu.  Sydney 17 July 1815.

18 men were listed under heading of “Government Artificers and 10 men and women were listed as Servants, etc.

Listed under heading of “Servants &”
John Hurst, Servant to Asst. Surgeon Younge, per Fortune 2, 1813. Tried at Lancaster S.P., 23 May 1812,  seven years.


Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: General Ludd, gender: m, crime

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