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Jonathan Leek

Jonathan Leek, one of 188 convicts transported on the Recovery, 30 July 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jonathan Leek
Aliases: Leake, Lake
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Recovery
Departure date: 30th July, 1819
Arrival date: 18th December, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 187 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 195 (99)
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 12th August, 2020 wrote:

Stafford Assizes. John Moreton,  Jonathan Leek, and John Whitehurst, were tried for burglariously breaking into the house of Mrs. Chatterley, Shelton, and stealing plate etc.
Manchester Mercury, 30 March 1819.


Staffordshire Advertiser, 5 June 1819.

Twenty convicts, under sentence of transportation, have been removed from our County gaol, to the Hulks at Woolwich ; namely, John Moreton, John Whitehurst, Jonathan Leek,....


Colonial Secretary Index.

LEAK, Jonathan. Per “Recovery”, 1819; potter; of Brickfields.

1821 Dec-1822 Jan - Referred to in papers re charges brought against Major Druitt & in evidence before the Board of Enquiry into the Engineer Department; listed as Lake (Reel 6053; 4/1754 pp.7, 81 & 4/1755 pp.188, 191)
1822 - Application for free passage for two sons. Wife & four other children recently arrived (Reel 6056; 4/1763 p.215)
1822 Jan - On list of witnesses required by Charles Ellis for the Enquiry into the Engineer Department; listed as Lake (Reel 6053; 4/1755 p.201)
1822 Sep 30-1823 Sep 30 - On lists of persons to whom convict mechanics have been assigned; listed as Lake. Includes assignment to himself (Fiche 3296; X53 pp.32, 46, 62, 77)
1823 May - Referred to in Major Druitt’s reply to the Board of Enquiry into the Engineer Department; listed as Lake (Reel 6053; 4/1755 p.439)
1823 May 10 - Re grant of land; listed as Lake (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.277)
1823 Jun 20-Oct 3 - Of Brickfields. On list of persons receiving an assigned convict (Fiche 3290, 4/4570D p.31; Fiche 3291, 4/4570D p.125)
1824 c.Apr, Oct 8 - On lists of defaulters in payment for assigned convict mechanics; listed as Lake (Reel 6061, 4/1778 p.265e; Fiche 3293, 5/3821.1 p.4)
1824 c.Apr, Oct 8 - Potter. Assigned convict mechanic whose master was a defaulter in payment for; appears as Jonathan & Jeremiah Lake. Convict assigned to himself (Reel 6061, 4/1778 p.265e; Fiche 3293, 5/3821.1 p.4)
1825 - Potter & brickmaker, Sydney. To remit the payment for his own services (Reel 6064; 4/1789 p.98)
1825 Mar 1 - In a list of letters referred to Major Ovens (Reel 6014; 4/3513 p.522)
1825 Aug 17-31 - On list of prisoners applying for emancipation (Fiche 3244; 4/1873 pp.1-8)


1828 NSW Census Index.
Jonathan Leak, T.L. Recovery 1819, Life, protestant, Potter, Brickfields. Has 4 horses.
Mary Leak, Came free, Mary Ann, 1822.
Lewis Leak, came free, Fairfield, 1825.
Stephen Leak, came free, Fairfield, 1825.
Ann Leak, Came free, Fairfield 1825
Elijah Leak, came free, Fairfield, 1825.
Kitty Leak, came free, Fairfield, 1825. Children of Jonathan Leak, Brickfields.

This record does not give full details of ages, etc, and it is not clear which children travelled with their mother on Mary Ann, and which two came by Fairfield in 1825.

Surgeon’s Journal, Mary Ann.
27 Jan. 1822.
Mrs Leake. This woman is labouring under great debility and depression of spirits, the consequence of sea sickness and imaginary fears: her bowels are very torpid, & she has not had a motion for above a week; she now feels great uneasiness in the belly. She has long been on the Hospital diet: pulse small.
(She is also referred to as Mrs Lake. - treated and recovered).

Source: https://www.femaleconvicts.org.au/docs/ships/SurgeonsJournal_MaryAnn_1822.pdf


Sydney Gazette, 23 Jul 1829.
CONDITIONAL PARDONS respectively dated 27th May, 1828, and granted to the undermentioned Individuals, viz.
Jonathan Leek, per Ship Recovery (1).

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 12th August, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Leake, alias2: Lake, gender: m, occupation, crime

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