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John Olive

John Olive, one of 173 convicts transported on the Morley, 19 September 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Olive
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 13th May, 1877
Age: 73 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Morley
Departure date: 19th September, 1822
Arrival date: 11th January, 1823
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 204
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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Paul Curran on 30th June, 2014 wrote:

John Olive age 17 convicted for Highway Robbery on the 7 August 1822, he was initially sentenced to death, but it was later commuted Life and sent to Prison Hulk “Bellerophon” for transportation, however, he was later transferred to “SS Morley” & transported to Tasmania Australia.

D Wong on 30th June, 2014 wrote:

John was single, his father and mother at his native place of Canterbury.

1830-1835 Musters: Public Works.
29/10/1842: CP

18/4/1839: Applied for permission to marry Jane Day (free) - no registration date, however they did marry.

John had a brother, Charles Olive who arrived with his famly in NSW in 1827 on the Marquis of Anglesey to work for the Australia Agricultural Company as a brick-maker.

John moved north after receiving his conditional pardon, they left Tasmania per ‘Joseph Cripps’ – George Town to Port Phillip along with 4 children. His wife Jane died at Sydney in 1854. John then married Mary Kelly at St Mary’s. A child, Jane, was born and died in 1855.

Son Charles Olive, born in Tasmania married Annie Reid at Duck Ponds, near Geelong in 1863. He was drowned in the creek on his way home on 3 August,1870, leaving a wife and 5 young children. He is buried in East Geelong Cemetery with his father, John, who died on 13 May 1877. John’s will mentions, sons, William James Olive and George Frederick Olive and stepchildren, Margaret, Joseph and John Kelly.

Convict Changes History

Paul Curran on 30th June, 2014 made the following changes:


Paul Curran on 30th June, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m

Paul Curran on 30th June, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), date of death: 13th May, 1877 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 30th June, 2014 made the following changes:


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