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John Pyner

John Pyner, one of 160 convicts transported on the Richmond, November 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Pyner
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Returning from transportation
Convicted at: Leicester Boro Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Richmond
Departure date: 27th November, 1821
Arrival date: 30th April, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 122
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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Anonymous on 1st September, 2011 wrote:

After his arrival in Van Diemen’s land in November 1822, Pyner was assigned as a servant to Dr Edward Foord BROMLEY, the Colonial Treasurer.  He obviously made a good impression on Bromley because, in 1824, Bromley was instrumental in having him pardoned.  In fact, Bromley recommended him to his friend Colonel William Sorrel, the Lieutenent-Governor of the colony, who was then preparing to return to England and looking for a servant to accompany him and his family. Pyner sailed to London with the Sorrel family on the vessel ‘Guilford’ in May 1824.
However, once back in England it was not long before he was in trouble again. On 10 August 1827, the ‘Colonial Times’ (Hobart) reported that he had been tried, convicted and executed for a new crime after his return.

Maureen Withey on 7th June, 2020 wrote:

Leicester Assizes.—… John Pyner, for returning from transportation before his time; were also sentenced to death. —were severally sentenced to death.
Stamford Mercury, 24 Aug 1821.

John Pyner was one of 11 convicts transferred from the Borough Gaol at Leicester to the prison hulk Bellepheron at Sheerness, arriving the 27th Sept 1821.

The Bellepheron convict register (HO-9-7_5) lists him: John Pyner, age 26, Felony, tried at Boro Leicester, 15 Aug 1821.  Disposed of 16 November 1821, Richmond to NSW.

Maureen Withey on 8th June, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Convict Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-34$init=CON31-1-34p80
214. John Pyner. Per Richmond. Tried 15 Aug 1821- Life.
Transported for felony. Gaol report – Transported before & escaped from the Ganymede Hulk.
Hulk report- Orderly. Stated convicted in France from the Waggon Train for theft, Transported for 7 years, served 2 years & 8 months, & then ran from the Ganymede. F (father) & M (mother) not stated.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 7th June, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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