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John Marsden

John Marsden, one of 150 convicts transported on the Caledonia, 19 June 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Marsden
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 5th March, 1877
Age: 79 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: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Derby Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Caledonia
Departure date: 19th June, 1822
Arrival date: 6th November, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 170
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 6th May, 2021 wrote:

1826 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania. 1826
No; 379. John Marsden. Ship arrived by; Caledonia 2nd
To whom assigned; ABSCONDED; [No date]

1846 - Absconded

1849 - Absconded

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th July, 2021 wrote:

Conduct Record;-
No; 379
Name; John Marsden
Ship; Caledonia [2] - 12 Jun 1822
Trial; 20 Mar 1822 - Life
Transported for; Highway Robbery

1823 - 21 Feb. Disorderly

1846 - Convict Muster; Noted against his name; Absconded

Conduct Record;-
No; 556
Name; John Marsden
Ship; Woodman
Trial; 4 Aug 1825
Transported for; Returning from Transportation.
First Time; for Highway Robbery. Came in the [Cal ??] - 1822. Did not know the name of the ship he went home in

D Wong on 4th July, 2021 wrote:

Born: Matlock, Derby.

John Marsden absconded sometime in 1823 and returned to England. By 1825 he was captured and was returned to VDL on the Woodman, arriving in 1826.

Having been tried at Derby, thought he might safely set up as horse dealer in London, where he was detected.

He was sent straight to Sydney, arriving there in later 1826 on the Chapman. He next appears in NSW Colonial Secretary papers for Moreton Bay, 1838-1839, Reel A.10, so he probably was sent there from Sydney. He received a TL in 1838 and appears in the NSW Goal Description and Entrance Book (Sydney Goal), for that year.

TL 1838

5/3/1877: John Marsden died at Tottington, Shire of St. Arnaud, Victoria - died of old age and exhaustion, aged 78, occupation: a trapper.
Born Lancaster, England, over 20 years in Victoria.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 6th May, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th July, 2021 made the following changes:


D Wong on 4th July, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th March, 1877 (prev. 0000)

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