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John Irens

John Irens, one of 100 convicts transported on the Asia, 19 November 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Irens
Aliases: Cone (alias)
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
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: -
Convicted at: Essex, Borough of Colchester Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 19th November, 1827
Arrival date: 13th March, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 101 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 303 (153)
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 24th August, 2021 wrote:

At an early hour Thursday the 5th inst. John Burleigh, John Cone, alias Iron, Sam. Clow, and Jonas Crick, the three former committed for trial at the next assizes, and the latter for the sessions, by series of ingenious contrivances, effected their escape from the County Gaol, Ipswich.  An active pursuit very shortly afterwards look place, and three of them were returned to their Gaol- lodgings- the next morning. Cone, the man at present at large, appears to have planned and managed the escape.
Bury and Norwich Post, 11 July 1827.


Escape and Re-capture of Prisoners.  —ln noticing the escape of four prisoners from the County Gaol, in this town, in our last week’s paper, we stated that three of them had been taken. Last Monday night, the fourth, named John Cone alias Iron, after having been closely pursued, was taken at Barking, in Essex, and carried to Chelmsford Gaol, where he is now detained until property, consisting of two table and five tea spoons, a silk shawl, &c., found on him, be identified. This notorious character was committed to our County Gaol, as an escaped convict, having been convicted at the Old Bailey, in 1824, and sentenced to 7 years’ transportation. In the month of December, in the same year, he escaped from the Dolphin hulk, at Chatham; he has since been tried at the Old Bailey, and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment; and has subsequently been three months’ imprisoned in Chelmsford Gaol, as a vagrant.
Suffolk Chronicle, 14 July 1827.


Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 August 2021), July 1824, trial of JOHN IRON (t18240715-26).

JOHN IRON, Theft > grand larceny, 15th July 1824.
1095. JOHN IRON was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of June , two saws, value 5 s.; a chisel, value 9 d., and a gauge, value 3 d., the goods of James Whittell Mead ; three saws, value 10 s.; four planes, value 10 s.; two chisels, value 1 s. 6 d.; a screw-driver, value 1 s.; a hammer, value 18 d.; a square, value 2 s., and a gauge, value 1 s., the goods of John Rowe Everett ; four planes, value 10 s.; a square, value 18 d., and a rule, value 6 d. , the goods of Stephen William Manes .
JAMES WHITTLE MEAD. I am a task-master . I was at work at the houses in Glaremont-place, Kensington Gravel-pits , on Monday, the 14th of June, while the men went to dinner; I was walking about the fields - when they returned about one o’clock I missed the tools from the front parlour of one of the houses - it had been fastened by one of the men when they went out. I recollect seeing the prisoner about the buildings that morning. I saws my saw about a fortnight afterwards at Marlborough-street.
STEPHEN WM . MANES. I am a carpenter . I was at work in the house, and left my tools on the bench when I went to dinner. I was the last person in the house, and locked it, and put the key in my pocket. I returned about twenty minutes before one, and found they were gone. I found the door in the same state in which I had left it; but the back sash was opened - a nail had been drawn, with which it had been fastened. I afterwards saw my tools at Marlborough-street.
JOHN ROWE EVERETT . I am a carpenter . I lost some tools from these premises. I had left them in the house when I went to dinner. I had met the prisoner in the morning at some distance in the fields; and think I have seen him before.
WILLIAM GOFTON . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Gilbert-street, Grosvenor-square. The prisoner tendered part of the tools to pledge at my shop. I questioned him about them, and, in consequence of his prevarication, I gave him in charge. I think it was on Monday, the 14th of June, about three o’clock.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner’s Defence. If I had been guilty, why should I have stopped in the pawnbroker’s shop while he got an officer?
GUILTY. Aged 22.
Transported for Seven Years.


Hulk Record. Chatham.  HO-9-1 3, page 4.
Received from Newgate (London), 31 July 1824.
John Iron, age 22, Stealing sundry tools, Tried, Middlesex, 15 July 1824, 7 years. Escaped 28 Dec 1824.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 24th August, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Cone (alias) (prev. Cone (Alias)), gender: m

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