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John Price

John Price, one of 350 convicts transported on the Coromandel, 25 June 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Price
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Sawyer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 15 years

Crime: Malicious wounding
Convicted at: Hereford Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Coromandel
Departure date: 25th June, 1838
Arrival date: 26th October, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 349 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 286; Hereford Journal, Herefordshire, England  Wednesday 28 March 1838, page 2 Records for Justitia Hulk, for receipt from Herford Gaol on 13 April 1838.
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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Community Contributions

Robin Sharkey on 13th May, 2017 wrote:

John Price was aged 26 when he was convicted of stealing a kettle from an ironmonger’s and then maliciously cutting with intent to maim an apprentice at the ironmonger’s shop.

He had a wife and one child.
He was born at Ross (Herefordshire) per his VDL Conduct record.
He must have continued to live around Ross because this was the location of the premises he robbed.
The records for the Justitia Hulk made this comment on him:
“Comm’d before, very bad character, bad connections”

Bad connections refer to his family and friends/associates.

He was transported for FIFTEEN years on “Coromandel’ to Van Diemen’s Land arriving 26 Oct 1838.

He was:
* tried on 24 March 1838,
* taken from Hereford gaol and arrived on the Justitia Hulk at Woolwich on 13 April
* and on 15 June 1838 - removed from the hulk to the ship for VDL.

TRIAL REPORT IN NEWSPAPER:

Hereford Journal, Herefordshire, England 
Wednesday 28 March 1838, page 2
” HEREFORD ASSIZES
“Monday March 26th
“Before Mr Justice Alderson in the Nisi Prius court
John Price was indicted for having stolen a copper tea-kettle, the property of Mr Wm Davies, ironmonger, of Ross.
“Wm Edwards, apprentice to the prosecutor, stated that in January last he was in the shop when the prisoner came in with a basket of ashes upon his head, and with which he went to the ash pit. Witness on looking up discovered copper tea-kettle partly concealed at the top of the basket, which he charged him with having stolen, and detained him until his master came in.

“The prosecutor stated that when he came in to the shop, he saw the prisoner, who refused to be searched, and tried to make his escape, upon which witness seized him – a scuffle ensued and the prisoner drew a knife from his pocket and made a thrust at Mr Davies’ head, by which his hat was cut through and a slight wound inflicted upon his forehead.

“The prisoner was subsequently secured, and given into custody.
Verdict – Guilty.
It was clearly proved that the violence occurred after the felonious act and the prisoner was sentenced to be transported for fifteen years.”

Hereford Times, Saturday, April 14, 1838, 
XXX COUNTY JAIL – xxx
“John James, James Weaver and John Price were removed pursuant to their several sentences at the late Lent assizes.”

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 13th May, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 286; Hereford Journal, Herefordshire, England  Wednesday 28 March 1838, page 2 Records for Justitia Hulk, for receipt from Herford Gaol on 13 April

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