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John Little

John Little, one of 305 convicts transported on the Maitland, 19 March 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Little
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Norfolk Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Maitland
Departure date: 19th March, 1840
Arrival date: 14th July, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 305 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 167 (85)
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

D Wong on 27th September, 2018 wrote:

John Little was 29 years old on arrival - Native Place: Lincolnshire.

John could read, was married, no children listed, 5’9” tall, dark sallow and slightly pockpitted complexion, brown hair, dark hazel eyes, Small diagonal scar over inner corner of right eyebrow, scar on left cheek bone, scar on left side of chin, J H W inside lower right arm, six dots and small streak back of right hand, mark of a severe burn and blue illegible mark on lower left arm, heart, two anchors, half moon, star, and several dots back of left hand, ring on each finger of same, two scars on left shin.
Wife, Sarah Little, out a prisoner per ship Surry 9.

Sarah Little arrived in 1840 to NSW.

25/11/1841: Admitted to Newcastle gaol.  Sentenced to 12 months in irons.

8/3/1845 Maitland Mercury, NSW:
Joseph Fitzgerald, John Little, Samuel Taylor, and Christop[her Carty, for burglary and robbery.

18/3/1845 Maitland Mercury, NSW:
Joseph Fitzgerald and John Little were indicted for forcibly entering the house of John Henry Dieckman, of Maitland, on the 29th December, 1844, and stealing therefrom seventeen yards of cloth ; and Christopher Carthy *(a private soldier of the 99th Regiment)* for receiving the same.

At the time Fitzgerald and Little belonged to an ironed gant at Maitland Stockade.

John Little was sentenced to be transported for life, Fitzgerald for ten years, and Carthy, was sentenced to be imprisoned and kept at hard labor for three years.

John Little sent to Norfolk Island.

25/8/1854: At Port Arthur.

3/4/1855: TOL

17/4/1855: Absconded, reward of £2.

22/5/1855: TOL Revoked.

28/5/1856: At the Port Barracks.

29/12/1857: Recommended for a CP

31/8/1858: CP

The only death for a John Little was 22/3/1861 - found drowned, labourer, no age given.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 27th September, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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