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John Maher

John Maher, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Maher
Aliases: Wheeler (alias)
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Isle of Wight Court Martial
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Eldon
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 30th September, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 334
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

Maureen Withey on 16th July, 2019 wrote:

John Maher was employed as a police constable, but was dismissed Dec 1826.

Government Notice.
HIS EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR has been pleased to approve of the following Alterations in the Police of the Colony:
At Grose Farm. - James Sabbey to be Constable, vice John Maher, per Lord Eldon, dismissed.
Sydney Gazette, 20 Dec 1826.

Maureen Withey on 19th October, 2020 wrote:

HIS Excellency the Governor has been pleased to approve of the following Appointments in the Police of the Colony:
At Port Stephen .—To be Honorary Constables :—-
Alexander Green, per ship Countess of Harcourt ;
John Maber, per ship Lord Eldon.
By Command of His Excellency the Governor
The Gleaner, 3 May 1827.

Neither of the two above stayed long in their position as Honorary constables. Six weeks later:

HIS EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR has been pleased to approve of the Following Alterations in the Police of the Colony :—
Port Stephens—John Maher, per Lord Eldon, and Alexander Green per Countess of Harcourt
dismissed from their Situations as Constables ; the former for Drunkeness and an Assault, and the latter for assisting the former in the Assault.
By His Excellency’s Command.
The Monitor, 26 Jun 1827.


1828 Census Index.
John Maher, age 45, G.S., Lord Eldon, Life, catholic, Labourer to the Aust. Agricl. Compy. Port Stephens.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 16th July, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Wheeler (alias) (prev. Wheeler (Alias)), gender: m

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