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John Mackenzie

John MacKenzie, one of 192 convicts transported on the Merchantman, 10 October 1862

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Mackenzie
Aliases: Mackenzie
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Seaman
Date of Death: 1875
Age: -

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 15 years

Crime: Robbery with violence
Convicted at: Lancashire Assizes Liverpool
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Merchantman
Departure date: 10th October, 1862
Arrival date: 14th February, 1863
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 192 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 495 (249)
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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Chris Atkinson on 26th May, 2012 wrote:

John was convicted of robbery and wounding. His was tried on Tuesday August 18 1856 in the Liverpool Summer Assizes, Crown Court, before Hon. Mr. Baron Watson and was reported in The Daily Post, Liverpool, on the following day. The newspaper report states:
"Robbery with Violence on Shipboard at Liverpool
Charles G. Allen, aged 22, and John McKenzie, 23, both seamen, were charged under several counts with having violently assaulted Joseph Martin and robbed him of 15s., his cap and other articles at Liverpool on the 8th July last. Mr. T. Atkinson [no relation] was for the prosecution; the prisoners were undefended. The prosecutor had taken a passage in the Sea King then lying in the Huskisson Dock,
for Boston. On the evening in question, wishing to ingratiate himself into the friendly feelings of the seamen, he sent for 5s. worth of drink for their use. When this was consumed they wanted more but the prosecutor refused to pay for any more. The prisoners invited him into the forecastle, when the prisoner Allen seized him by the throat, and McKenzie struck him a murderous blow with sling shot on the head, which felled him to the floor. They then beat him brutally and robbed him of what he had. He believed he should have been killed had he not resolutely crawled out of their way, and on to the pier. The prisoners were found guilty. Sentence deferred.
The Daily Post reported the following day:
Sentences Charles G. Allen, aged 22, and John McKenzie, aged 23, both seamen, convicted the previous day of having with great violence, robbed Joseph Martin, an intending emigrant on the Sea King, then lying in the Huskisson Dock, were placed at the bar. His Lordship ordered sentence of death to be recorded against them."
Luckily, the sentence was later commuted to 15 years.

Convict Changes History

Chris Atkinson on 26th May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1875-00-00, gender m

Chris Atkinson on 28th October, 2012 made the following changes:

surname Mackenzie (prev. MacKenzie)

Carol Axton-Thompson on 28th October, 2012 made the following changes:


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