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Jonathan Ives

Jonathan Ives, one of 149 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jonathan Ives
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: 1st August, 1872
Age: 78 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: July, 1818
Arrival date: 17th December, 1818
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 56
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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Pam Davis on 3rd May, 2018 wrote:

The Story of Jonathon Ives

Jonathon Ives was born in England during the year 1794.  It is unknown where he grew up and how he spent his boyhood days.  It is likely that his early life was hard which inevitably led him to crime.  He was sentenced to transportation in 1818.  It is assumed that he was subjected to the hard condition aboard a prison hulk in the Thames estuary before being shipped out to Tasmania.  The convict transport ship “Lady Melville” brought him to Hobart in 1818.  His sentence was for life.  This was due to burglary.  His gaol report in England described him as being a person of bad character.  No hulk report was given so it is possible that upon arrival in Tasmania, John was sent to George Town, where the most unruly convicts were sent.

The following outlines his years as a convict:

1.  September, 1820 For misdemeanor, he was given 25 lashes and 2 months in the chain gang.

2.  April 9th 1925 he falsely stated that he was free.  As a consequence his Ticket of Leave was to be suspended during the pleasure of the Lt. Governor.

3.  September 18th 1826 Felony (slaughter).  The carrying away of a hare from the property of Mr J. Smith of the Tamar.  The charge was dismissed for want of proof.

4.  August 1st 1828 Aiding and abetting William Cheeseman in assaulting Thomas Warton.  The charge was dismissed.

5.  January 10th 1834 Assaulted Mark Brookery.  The charge was dismissed.

6.  Jonathon was granted a conditional pardon 13th September 1832.  He was given a Free Pardon (No. 640) on 23rd September, 1840.

Jonathons trade was that of a shoemaker.  On the 25th May, 1824 while still a convict, Jonathon married Sarah Basham at George Town, Tasmania.  The officiating minister was John Youl.  At the time of marriage Jonathon was 30 years of age and his wife, Sarah was 15 years of age.

Their Issue:

1.  Sarah was born on the 21st March, 1829

2.  Mary was born on the 22nd June, 1832.  (She married William Draffin Atkinson on February 17th, 1855 in Launceston.)

3.  Jonathon was born April, 1838.  He died of scarlet fever at the age of 5 years on October 28th, 1843.

By this stage Jonathon had given away his trade as a shoemaker, and had become a publican.  They resided in Charles Street Launceston.  On the 30th July 1844 his wife, Sarah died at the age of 35 years from inflammation of the bowel.  He remarried a widower until the 16th September, 1846 when he married Mary Anne Rawlings.  At the time he was a publican living in Wellington Street and was 52 years of age.  Mary Anne was a widow and was aged 21 years.  Four years later she was to die of apoplexy on the 6th October 1850.  By now John was considered to a gentleman.  During their 4 year marriage it appears that no children were born.  However records show that 2 boys were sired by Jonathon.  They were:

1.  Jonathon William : Born 14th August, 1855, Died 16th August 1855

2.  Jonathon William : Born 186?, Died 12th August 1864

Jonathon was a convict, Shoemaker, publican, gentleman and dealer died in Launceston on the 1st August 1872, aged 78 years.

Convict Changes History

Pam Davis on 3rd May, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st August, 1872 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Iris Dunne on 3rd May, 2018 made the following changes:


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