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John Mawer

John Mawer, one of 172 convicts transported on the Countess of Harcourt, 08 April 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Mawer
Aliases: John Arnold Moore
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Baker
Date of Death: 1865
Age: 62 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Lincoln Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Departure date: 8th April, 1821
Arrival date: 27th July, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 17 (10)
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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John Henry Mawer on 24th November, 2011 wrote:

He was my great great grandfather he married Maria Jessop on the 18 February 1833 in Launceston Tas,

John Henry Mawer on 17th January, 2013 wrote:

John Mawer Convict 284 Grade 7P

John Abraham Mawer alias John Arnold Moore we now know was born about 1803 in Boston Lincolnshire England to George Mawer and Maria Abraham and on the 30 March 1818 a article of the time Lincoln Stanford & Rudland mercury ; Fri 5 Apr 1818 edition”Page 3 ;column 1 – headline “Quarter Session “                                        Monday————- JOHN MAWER & Septimus Hill ,both boys of about 12 years of age ,  pleaded guilty to an indictment charging them with having feloniously stolen a quantity of fish called sandlings the property of Bennett Swain Fish Monger and were sentenced to “ hill who was supposed to be inveigled by Mawer to 3 months inprisoment and Mawer who though young is and old offender to seven years transportation to Van Diemens Land now known as Tasmania for some was one so young it was a harsh sentence,
After his trial John was held aboard one of the Prison Hulks decommissioned War Ships converted into prison ships conditions on them were harsh deceases killed up to one third of the prisoners working conditions was brutal the older prisoners were put to work dredging the river the guards were of lower class and were brutal in nature his hulk report states well behaved boy works well with his needle ] one must wonder how he endured those 3 years and what of his parents George & Maria did he have contact with them in those three years,                          John left Portsmouth on the ship the Countess of Harcourt Court it was a 10 year old vessel of 517 built in India converted in 1821 to a prison ship at Deptford Naval Dockyard the Captain was George Burns and Surgeon Morgan Price after loading 172 male prisoners they sailed from Portsmouth on the 19th April 1821 direct to Hobart Tasmania arriving on 27 July 1821 with her 172 prisoners in 99 days a record at that time John was 4’ 10’ tall dark brown hair and brown eyes he was assigned to a Mr Walkinshaw and on the 17 Jan 1822 was sentenced to 50 lashes for disobedience,                                                                                                                It seems he did not take orders well and rebelled against the authorities this is shown in future years he was then returned to the Public Works,                                                                                                            On the 21 Oct 1822 John was Convicted of stealing a quantity of clothing the property of Ann Darcy and sent to Sarah Island one of the worst Penal Settlement of its kind at that time,
The Island is located in Macquarie Harbour on the Western coast of Tasmania located at 14.5o west and 42.5o south there placing it with in the band called the Roaring Forties and approximately half way up the western coast of Tasmania,

On the 31st March 1825 the Hobart Gazette a Government public notice the under - mentioned persons that have obtained the certificates of leave during the the last week one of them was John Mawer the Countess of Harcourt John Montagu Secretary General General Secretary’s Office ,
But little over 6 months later on the 11th Oct 1825 John Mawer was charged along with Thomas Ward s and John Draper with breaking into and robbing the store of Captain Briggs in Bathurst St Hobart formerly occupied by Mr Fryett not guilty.
Even though free John Mawer was held in Gaol for another Court hearing and on the 20th Dec 1825 was found guilty of stealing a loaf of bread from Isaac Margetts and was sentenced to 7 years at Macquarie Harbour for the second time,
On the 3 March 1831 John arrived at Port Arthur from Macquarie Harbour his occupation listed as labourer baker John spent his final year at Port Arthur an obviously had not been deflated by the system but actually learned how to use it . from being a serious problem to the authorities he actually work for them and became a prison controller of other convicts this was not unusual some of convicts ended up the Police Force and other Government Positions,
after only 10 months at Port Arthur was discharged on the 9 Jan1832 to Hobart Town and manage to disappear by changing the spelling of his name John Moore

For him to survive a total of 7 years 6 months at Macquarie Harbour shows he was a survivor thus on his record at Port Arthur it states[a very hard man] In the book

Convict Changes History

John Henry Mawer on 24th November, 2011 made the following changes:

date of death 1865-00-00, gender m

John Henry Mawer on 17th January, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, alias1

John Henry Mawer on 17th January, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, alias1

Iris Dunne on 18th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000)

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