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John Memory

John Memory, one of 134 convicts transported on the Hercules, 24 December 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Memory
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Hercules
Departure date: 24th December, 1824
Arrival date: 7th May, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 134 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 240
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 5th September, 2019 wrote:

John Memory was tried twice at the Old Bailey.

JOHN MEMORY, Theft > grand larceny, 14th January 1824.

397. JOHN MEMORY was indicted for stealing, on on the 2d of January , a gown, value 10 s. , the goods of Mary Elsbury .

MARY ELSBURY . On the 2d of January, about three o’clock in the afternoon, I took my gown to Mrs. Tilbrook’s, Leader-street, Chelsea , to be mangled.

MARY TILBROOK . I had Elsbury’s gown, and put it into a basket, inside the window - it stood about two yards from the door, and missed it next morning, when it was applied for.

JOSEPH COOPER. I am a constable. On the 4th of January, between eight and nine o’clock at night, I saw the prisoner in Duck-lane, Westminster, coming out of No. 9, with something in his apron. I stopped him, and asked what it was; he said a gown, which he had got from one of the girls in that house - I took him back; he said to three-girls there,

“Charlotte, did not you give me this gown?” They all denied giving it to him - one was named Charlotte - she denied it; he said

“Then if I must tell you the truth, I found it last night as I came from Pimlico.” It was quite wet.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 17.

Confined Two Months and Whipped.

JOHN MEMORY, Theft - grand larceny, 16th September 1824.

1404. JOHN MEMORY was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of September , three sixpences, and a shilling, the monies of George Barber .

GEORGE BARBER . On the 6th of September, I was in my shop in Great Chapel-street, Westminster ; I went into the parlour, and while there, heard a footstep; I cameinto the shop, and saw the prisoner behind the counter; I asked what he had been doing, he then threw three sixpences and one shilling from his hand, and begged for mercy.

Cross-examined. Q. You did not hear the prisoner striking the shilling on the counter - A. No.

Q. He did not speak about a jacket, or ask to purchase any thing - A. I did not charge him at first with taking a half crown piece. I sell jackets, but none was shown to him; he talked about one afterwards, I told him I would take him to Queen-square; he dropped three sixpences and the shilling. I saw him searched, and 7 l. 9 s. 6 d. was found on him. I have seen him at my shop purchasing before; I am positive that no conversation passed about his buying a jacket.

GEORGE POPLE . I am a constable of Queen-square - I took the prisoner and searched him, and found six sovereigns, two half sovereigns, and 9 s. 6 d. in silver on him; he did not state that he had gone behind the counter to pick up his money.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was going down the Broadway and saw a jacket marked 9 s. 6 d., and went into the shop to buy it; I knocked on the counter with a shilling; it dropped at the end of the counter, and I then saw half a crown on the floor; this gentleman came and accused me of taking money from the till.

GUILTY . Aged 18.

Transported for Seven Years.

Source Old Bailey online.

In the NSW census he is in the household of Thomas Raine, living in Bathurst, in Raine’s Villa.

John Mimory, aged 20, C.G.S. (Minerva 1825, 7 yrs) house servant, protestant.

Maureen Withey on 5th September, 2019 wrote:

Certificate of Freedom obtained in the last week.
John Memory, - Hercules (2)
Sydney Gazette, 11 Oct 1831.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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