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John Lewis

John Lewis, one of 160 convicts transported on the Competitor, 18 March 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Lewis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1770
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 5th March, 1835
Age: 65 years

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 Life

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Competitor
Departure date: 18th March, 1823
Arrival date: 3rd August, 1823
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 5 (4)
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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Tony Beale on 3rd December, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey online

191. JOHN LEWIS was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of July , one handkerchief, value 2 s., the goods of Thomas Barratt , from his person .

MR. THOMAS BARRATT . I live in Mark-lane. On the 25th of July, I was coming out of change, about half-past four o’clock - I felt somebody behind me pressing, and then felt something drawn from my pocket; I turned round, and perceived the prisoner putting my handkerchief into his pocket. A gentleman came up, and we secured him, and took it from him. He said he picked it up.

DANIEL FORRESTER . I am an officer. I was on duty, and saw Mr. Barratt with the prisoner, and a handkerchief in his hand.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. The gentleman said his pocket was picked twice before, and he was determined to make an example of me. I never put it near my pocket.

GUILTY . Aged 52.

Transported for Life .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Death recorded at Old Baily associated records
John Lewis Death Date: 5 Mar 1835 Death Place: Tasmania Registration Year: 1835 Registration Place: New Norfolk, Tasmania Registration number: 4253

Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th June, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania. 1833
No; 261
Name; John Lewis
Ship arrived by; Competitor
Assigned; Mr D Lamb
Remarks; DIED - 3 March 1835

Conduct Record;
Transported for “stealing a handkerchief ‘
Trial - 11 Sept 1822

Burials in New Norfolk
No; 194
Abode; New Norfolk
Burial 5 March 1835
Age; 61 [1774] - Assigned Servant

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 3rd December, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1770 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th March, 1835 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th June, 2021 made the following changes:


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