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John Lawes

John Lawes, one of 230 convicts transported on the Elphinstone, 06 April 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Lawes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1824
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 17th February, 1849
Age: 25 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: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Hertford, St Albans Liberty Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Elphinstone
Departure date: 6th April, 1842
Arrival date: 28th July, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 229 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 64. Tasmanian Archives - convicts.
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

Anonymous on 11th June, 2012 wrote:

Convict no.6102. Tried at Hertford 2 Jul 1840. Embarked from Sheerness 10 April 1842,voy 196. Arrived Van Diemen’s Land 28 July 1842. Protestant, can read & write. Single. 18years of age. 5’1 1/4", Native Place: Andover, Hants. Indent lists his brothers as Alfred & Thomas and states he was brought up by a woman named "Tongs". General Conduct - bad.
2yrs Probation period. Disorderly conduct & fighting; losing shirt; absent from work; feining illness and insolent to medical officer; posessing potatoes. Punishments included solitary, hard labour and lashes.
Ticket of Leave 17 Nov 1846. Free by servitude 2 July 1847.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th December, 2013 wrote:

Free by servitude 02/07/1847.

2nd Conviction - in Colony:
17/01/1848 Richmond, Tasmania - assault & robbery. Life sentence. 3yrs Probation.

1848: single, Protestant, read & write, labourer, 5’1 1/4”, 24yrs of age, fresh complexion, lt brown hair; stout made.

02/03/1848: Richmond
08/03/1848: Port Arthur
28/07/1848: Norfolk Island

Accidentally drowned at Norfolk Island 17/02/1849.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 11th June, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th December, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1824, date of death 17th February, 1849

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