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John Mclean

John McLean, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Mclean
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 5th July, 1880
Age: 84 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 14 years

Crime: Assault and theft
Convicted at: Perth Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 382
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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Denis Pember on 26th February, 2016 wrote:

Perth, April 24.
The Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened here on Thurdsay the 16th inst. by the Right Hon. Lord Pitmilly and Reston…
James Stewart, alias Gellatly, John McLean, George Russ, and John Stewart, for assaulting John McIntosh, sheep-drover, Badenoch, and robbing him of 8 pounds 12 shillings; also for assaulting David Spence, and robbing him of one pound, all pleaded not guilty. The libel being found relevant, the pannels were again interrogated, when all pleaded guilty as to the assault and robbery of McIntosh, but not guilty as to Spence. His Majesty’s Advocate passed from the libel in so far as regarded Spence. The libel being restricted, the pannels were found guilty in terms of their judicial confession. Mr Tyler spoke in mitigation of punishment, and produced certificates of previous good character, from their former masters &c. Lord Pitmilly observed, that it was impossible to look without horror at four young men in such a situation. During his experience, his mind never was so much shocked, considering the extreme youth of the prisoners. It had been stated that this was their first offence - that it was the first of which they had been convicted before a Court of Justice, was true, but that it was the first which they committed, and which their consciences only recorded, considering the circumstances of this case, was very unlikely. - It was not probable that a first offence should bespeak such daring wickedness.
Lord Reston, in addressing the pannels, observed, that had it not been for the humanity of the Public Prosecutor in restricting the libel, it would have been his duty - a duty from which, though painful, he must not shrink, to pass sentence of death on them! He considered it as an act of clemency to themselves, to send them out of this country. He could no conceive that, if allowed to remain in this country, they could ever redeem their characters. In the country to which they were about to be sent, they would find a very strict police established. If they were convicted of such crimes, the punishment would be inflicted as summarily as the sentence her is pronounced. - He conjured them to think seriously of their past conduct, and concluded by adjudging them to be transported beyond the seas for fourteen years.

Denis Pember on 26th February, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, John married Sarah Alford, 1823 at Liverpool. Sarah was the daughter of John Alford (Convict, Royal Admiral, 1800) and Jane Camm (Convict, Nile, 1801).

John and Sarah had 10 children between 1824 and 1843.

Denis Pember on 26th February, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 253…
[Ref M1041] McLean, John, 32, ticket of leave, Ocean, 1817, 14 years, carpenter, Gloucester Street Sydney.
[Ref M1042] McLean, Sarah, 21, born in the colony.
[Ref M1043] McLean, Mary Ann, 3, born in the colony.
[Ref M1044] McLean, Jane, 4 months, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 26th February, 2016 made the following changes:

surname: Mclean (prev. McLean), date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th July, 1880 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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