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John Pulford

John Pulford, one of 260 convicts transported on the Henry Porcher, 01 August 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Pulford
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Ag lab
Date of Death: 1880
Age: 63 years

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 a pig
Convicted at: Suffolk Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Henry Porcher
Departure date: 1st August, 1836
Arrival date: 15th November, 1836
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 260 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 331 (168)
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

Rosie Drysdale on 31st August, 2013 wrote:

John Pulford was born in 1817 in the UK and died 13 Feb 1880 in Hamilton, Tasmania, aged 63.  The cause of his death was English Cholera.  Death Ref No 35 1880 317.  John was convicted in Suffolk Court, England for stealing 11 stone of pork, and was transported in 1836.  He was aged 21 when he was transported, and he received his Conditional Pardon on 1 July 1842.  He is listed on the Hamilton Residents Post Office Directory in 1866 as having no occupation and was living in Hollow Tree.  John married Emma Fowler, also a convict (‘Tasmania’), on Monday 11 Jan 1847 in the Parish Church of Bothwell, Tasmania.  Emma was born in 1820 in Bedminster, England, and died 12 Nov 1891 in Hamilton, Tasmania at the age of 71 years.  The cause of her death was Senile Debility.  Death Ref No 35 1891 367. Emma and John applied for permission to marry on 8th Dec 1846 and were approved.
The couple had 7 children together, although Emma had a daughter named Emily Fowler, fathered by Thomas Fry, who had also been transported in 1841 for 10 years.  Children of John Pulford and Emma Fowler were John Roderick born 16 Feb 1847 at Bothwell Tasmania and died 29 July 1917 Ross, Tasmania; William born 3 March 1848 Bothwell and died 25 March 1871 Oatlands, Tasmania; Thomas born 2 Aug 1849 Bothwell and died 29 July in Tasmania; Samuel born 29 Aug 1850 Bothwell and died 19 Oct 1925 at Yea, Victoria; Eliza born 19 Jan 1854 Bothwell and died Jan 1902; Torra born 16 Feb 1856 (twin) and died 11 June 1879 in Bothwell; Charles born 17 Jan 1856 (twin)in Bothwell and died 1905 in Hobart Tasmania.

Convict Changes History

Rosie Drysdale on 31st August, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1817, date of death 1880, gender, occupation, crime

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