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John Marrington

John Marrington, one of 150 convicts transported on the Shipley, 18 July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Marrington
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 7th February, 1855
Age: 54 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Huntingdon Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Shipley
Departure date: 18th July, 1818
Arrival date: 18th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 45 (24). Colonial Secretary Index.
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 15th June, 2021 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

MARRINGTON, John. Per “Shipley”, 1818

1822 Oct 3
On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.80)

1824 Jul
On return of convicts returned to Government & assigned to settlers in the District of Appin (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.63)

1824 Jul 2
On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.87)

MANNINGTON, John. Per “Shipley”
1819 Sep 6,8
Re permission to marry at Parramatta (Reel 6006; 4/3500 p.250)


Familysearch - Marriages at Parramatta.

John Manington, convict, Shipley age 20, and Mary Corgan, convict, Elizabeth, age 19, 27 Sept 1819. at Parramatta.

The 1828 Census Index shows John living separately from his wife Mary and their daughter Eliza.

1828 Census Index.
John Marrington, age 29, F.S. Shipley 2, 1818, 7 years, protestant, Labourer, Gloucester Street, Sydney.

Mary Marrington, age 27, F.S. Elizabeth 2, 1819, 7 years, catholic, Householder, Kent Street, Sydney.
with Eliza Marrington, age 8, B.C. catholic.

FOUND, in the Possession of a Runaway, a CERTIFICATE OF FREEDOM, belonging to
John Marrington, who arrived per Shipley 2, in the Year 1818. The said Marrington can have the same by applying at the Court-house, at Campbell Town.
By Order of the Bench,
ROBERT BURKE, Chief Constable.
Sydney Gazette, 13 May 1826.

Police Reports. Sydney. SEPT. 19.
John Marrington free, charged with having purchased soldiers’ necessaries, contrary to the Act of 6 Geo.IV. chap.5. The fact of the purchase of two pairs of white regimental trousers, bearing on them the name of Thomas Malone, a private in the 39th regiment, was fully established by witnesses who were present at the transaction; convicted and fined £5 stirling.
Sydney Gazette, 23 Sep 1826.

John Marrington, Mary his wife, and Thomas Smith, were brought up, the second time, upon a charge of being concerned in the robbery of Mr. William Love’s house.  The evidence went only to criminate Mary Marrington and the prisoner Smith; it appearing that the husband was from home when the transactions relative to the robbery had occurred, he was accordingly discharged. Smith as principal, being a prisoner of the Crown, was sentenced to a penal settlement for three years; and the female prisoner was committed for trial, as the accessary.
The Australian, 18 Oct 1826.

Supreme Court, Wednesday August 23d.
John Cook and John Walsh were indicted for making an assault and putting in bodily fear John Pike, on the 10th of August, and stealing from his person seven dollars, one rupee, one dump, and six pence. John Pike stated, that he was in the house of John Marrington- On the Rocks about half-past two in the morning of the 10th of August; there was a large party assembled; he had been there about an hour when the two prisoners came in Cook knocked witness down and jumped upon him; a scuffle ensued and witness had nearly got up when Cook put his foot upon his throat and nearly strangled witness, causing him to lose his eye sight for some time. Witness felt Cook take his money, out of his pocket; It consisted of 7 dollars, 1 rupee,  1 dump, and sixpence. One of the dollars was black. From the ill treatment witness had received, he laid down. he offered the prisoners if they would return half the money, he would spend it for the good of the house.  Cook struck witness between the eyes and said, go along you b—-  I’ll give you none.  Both of the prisoners then went out.  Witness further stated, that a friend who came to his assistance was knocked down by Walsh. Witness recognised the prisoners when he saw them at the Watch-house; the people of the house appeared acquainted with the prisoners, and they had since been with witness and wished to compromise the affair.
Thomas Washington, John Marrington, and Thomas Weavers, corroborated this witness’s testimony. James Orr deposed; he apprehended the prisoner Cook about half-past two on the night that Pike was robbed at the back of the Jail.  On searching him at the watch-house he found in prisoner’s waistcoat pocket 7 dollars, 1 rupee, l dump, and in his watch-fob, 4 dollars,
The prisoner Walsh he apprehended about three o’clock the same morning.-The prisoners denied the charge in their defence, and called a witness to prove, that the number of persons in Marrington’s house was so great it was impossible for any man to say who robbed him. Guilty. The prisoners were then called up for judgement, and, the learned Judge passed sentence of Death upon them, warning them not to entertain hopes of mercy.
Marrington was ordered into custody, and the Attorney General was directed to prepare an indictment against him for keeping a disorderly house.  On the constable Orr passing the dock, the prisoner Cook, - struck him a tremendous blow on the head!
Sydney Monitor, 5 Oct 1829.

John Marrington appeared to answer to a charge of robbery. A white beaver hat had been found in the prisoner’s house, which was sworn to by Mr. Brown, and which had been stolen from his dressing-room a few weeks ago. The prisoner stated that the hat had been bought by his wife while he was up the country. The wife who is in custody in the Gaol on another charge, was brought up, and corroborated her husband’s statement. She accounted for the possession, by stating, that a man named Smith had sold it to her for 30s.
The Australian, 21 Oct 1826.

John Marrington was brought up, charged with having stolen property in his possession. The article which occupied the attention of the Bench was a waistcoat, which was sworn to by Edward Hubsdill, a seaman on board the Warspite. He declared that he was robbed of the waistcoat on the evening of Monday last, but could not tell by whom; that on Tuesday he pawned a jacket to the prisoner for 7s. 6d. but did not sell his waistcoat, as was alleged by him; that the money was to be returned in three weeks, together with 7s. 6d. additional for the loan. This statement was corroborated by one Sullivan, another seaman, who was in company with the prisoner during the time the waistcoat was said to have been sold ; that he pawned his own jacket for 8s. and received from the prisoner in payment 2s. 6d. in money and five shillings’ worth of rum. John McCloud, seaman, swore that he saw Hudsdale sell the waistcoat to the prisoner on Wednesday last. As the evidence, however, greatly preponderated in favour of the prosecutor, Marrington was fully committed for trial. The conduct of the prisoner, during the whole of the examination, was of the most impertinent and disgusting description, and had not an extraordinary degree of forbearance been exercised by Capt. Rossi, he would have been committed for contempt of Court. When the prisoner heard that he would be tried at the Criminal Court, his reply was, “I will never funk at another lagging.” He then begged to be allowed to go on board a ship of war, but the Court seemed to pay no attention to the request.  Marrington certainly appears to be a most daring character.
Sydney Gazette, 8 Nov 1826.

CORNER OF KENT & MARKET-STREETS INFORMS the Inhabitants of Sydney, that he
has provided a Cart for the removal of Night Soil and all noxious accumulations, which he will
undertake to remove on moderate terms.
By the Sydney Police Act, any Person removing Night Soil in an open Cart, is liable to a heavy
penalty and imprisonment.
Sydney Times, 7 Jan 1837.

A NIGHTMAN’S LADY’S MAID.—An elderly lady in black, called Mother Marrington, appeared as sweet as sugar at the Police Office, in lieu of her old man, the well-known John Marrington of Kent-street, to answer the complaint of Mary Atkins, a turnip-nosed, cribbage-faced female from the land of Erin, for refusing to pay her wages amounting to £1 12s. The dispute was simply whether Mary was a weekly or a monthly servant; but so unintelligible was the gibberish of Mrs Marrington and her maid, that the Bench was pretty considerably puzzled.
Mr Hargraves:—Were you lady’s maid?
Mary:—Och! shure an gintilmin’s maid, and everyting else into the bargain.
The Bench ordered Mrs Marrington to pay the girl her wages, and the costs of the Court, which she did with a very bad grace.
Bell’s Life in Sydney, 3 Sep 1853.

On the 7th instant, at his late residence, Strawberry Hills, Mr. John Marrington, in the 54th year of his age.
FUNERAL.—The friends of Mr. John Marrington are respectfully requested to attend his funeral THIS (Friday) AFTERNOON, at half-past 3 o’clock. The procession will remove from his late residence, Strawberry Hills, at the above hour precisely. CHARLES KINSELA, Undertaker, Goulburn-street. N.B.—No circulars will be issued.
Sydney Morning Herald, 9 Feb 1855.


Probate Index.
NRS-13660-1-[14/3279]-Series 1_3313
John Marrington Date of death 7 February 1855, Granted on 21 August 1855

In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
In the Goods of John Marrington, late of Elizabeth-street, Sydney, gentleman, deceased.
Notice is hereby given, that Mary Marrington, the widow of the above named John Marrington, intends, at the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof, to apply to the above mentioned Court, that administration of all and singular the goods, chattels, rights, credits, and effects, of the above named deceased, at the time of his death, be granted to her—Dated this twenty-sixth day of July, A. D. 1855.
Proctor for the said Mary Marrington.
25, Pitt-street, Sydney,
NSW Govt. Gazette, 27 July 1855.

The following article is a tongue-in-cheek account of the subsequent remarriage of Mary Marrington, to Edward Edwin Blythe, a baker of Pitt Street, (who married her for her money, six months after John marrington’s death, and then left her quickly afterwards)and outlines her first husbands achievements.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/59870366?searchTerm=Mrs Marrington
Bells Life in Sydney, 2 April 1859.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 15th June, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 45 (24). Colonial Secretary Index. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 45 (24)), ge

Maureen Withey on 15th June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 7th February, 1855 (prev. 0000)

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