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John Richards

John Richards, one of 200 convicts transported on the Surrey, 15 July 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Richards
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 16th July, 1813
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: 13th January, 1893
Age: 79 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: Theft
Convicted at: Salop Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 15th July, 1831
Arrival date: 26th November, 1831
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 136
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

Caroline Oakley on 7th December, 2013 wrote:

If this is the same John Richards, this is my gg grandfather. He came over for stealing scissors as he was a textile weaver from Kidderminster, England. His 1st master was JB Bettington,of Wyndradine county(Bathurst, Orange,Dubbo, Wellington. 2nd master was J.McDonald covering the New England areas, (Singleton, Musswellbrook, Scone, Aberdeen, Werri creek, Tamworth, and Armidale. John received his ticket of leave 36/1036 16th of May.T.of freedom 39/396 16th of March 1839. He was one of the signatrees for Moree to open as an Agricultural land. Before this, he fathered two children, John jnr, and Thomas Richards before he married an Aboriginal woman Caroline Carr born approx 1842.
There was a 30yr age difference. There are many Carr black’s around the Dubbo/Wellington areas. The Aboriginal people from these lands were given the name of Carr. He had ownership over all of them. There were two Carr men in the areas of this time frame when John Richards was working as a convict. Francis Carr and an Alfred A Carr.They were married 19th of March 1872 in the district of Warialda. His third son Henry Richards was born the day after. All told they had 7 children and lived on ‘Bengerang’outside Moree along the Moppin road. I have more information of his Aboriginal/English children and their marriages.

Nicholas on 6th June, 2017 wrote:

I know for a fact that this is my gggg grandfather i have documents to prove this

Simone Bowles on 29th April, 2018 wrote:

I believe his description was 5 foot 2inches and could possible have had reddish coloured hair. I am his ancestor. His high grand daughter.Simone Bowles. He is buried near train line at moree new. His wife my high grandmother Caroline Carr became first aboriginal land owner and I believe has a street named after her. John, became a well to do cattle owner at Notre.

Convict Changes History

Caroline Oakley on 7th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 16th July, 1813, date of death 13th January, 1893, gender, occupation, crime

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