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John Richardson

John Richardson, one of 178 convicts transported on the Marquess of Hastings, 27 June 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Richardson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Shepherd
Date of Death: 5th August, 1833
Age: 30 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pig stealing
Convicted at: Essex Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Marquis of Hastings
Departure date: 27th June, 1828
Arrival date: 12th October, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 177 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 431 (217)
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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Dennis Nightingale on 15th June, 2015 wrote:

163280 Richardson John - Marquis of Hastings 1828. 1828 AO NSW Convict Indents Fiche No. 670.
Age 25. Shepherd. Tried in Essex 15 January 1828 and sentenced to transportation for 7 years for pig stealing. 5ft 2 3/4in, Sallow complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, Assigned to the Bathurst district on arrival.

Dennis Nightingale on 15th June, 2015 wrote:

5725 Richardson John - Marquis of Hastings 1828.  1833 5 June Anvil Creek R v Beard & Richardson - SC.
  Indicted for highway robbery of John Quandron. Guilty. Indicted for theft from William Harper at Oswald’s . Guilty. Indicted for theft from Alexander McLeod. Guilty.

5728 Richardson John - Marquis of Hastings 1828.  1833 5 August Anvil Creek R v Beard & Richardson - SC.
  Sentenced to death for Highway Robbery. Executed 5.8.1833 2 days after trial.

Dennis Nightingale on 15th June, 2015 wrote:

Henry Beard arrived on the convict ship America in 1829 having been sentenced in Gloucester to seven years transportation for stealing a cloak and other articles. He was sixteen years old and was assigned to the Maitland area by 1831.

John Richardson arrived on the Marquis of Hastings in 1828. He was 25 years old and had been employed as a shepherd in Essex before being transported for seven years for pig stealing. His description was given as 5ft 2 ¾in, sallow complexion, brown hair and grey eyes. He was assigned to the Bathurst district on arrival.

Together Beard and Richardson were indicted for highway robbery of John Quantrill, the robbery of William Harper and for theft from Alexander McLeod of which they were both found Guilty.

The Sydney Herald reported their trial in August 1833.

SUPREME COURT-CRIMINAL SIDE. THURSDAY-Before Judge Dowling, and the Usual Commission. Henry Beard and John Richardson, were jointly indicted for a highway robbery, putting in bodily fear John Quondrum (Quantrill), and stealing from a dray a large quantity of property, belonging jointly to Robert Lethbridge and Richard Alcorn, at Anville Creek, Maitland, on the 5th of June ; and John McMullin was indicted for receiving part of the property, well knowing it to have been before feloniously stolen. It appeared that the bushrangers met the Drayton the road between Maitland and Alcorn’s Inn, near Anville Creek, and made the driver Quondrum, and a man of Allman’s who was with him and had a cart in charge, to drive into the bush; the robbers then made the servants unload the dray of a puncheon of rum, a cask of brandy, and a large quantity of other property, and put it upon the cart with which they made two trips further into the bush, and hid the plunder. Quondrum gave information to Mr. Coulson, who with the Mounted Police tracked and secured the marauders, and found part of the property in the house of M’Mullin. Guilty. M’Mullin was then removed from the bar, and Beard and Richardson were again indicted for burglariously entering the dwelling-house of William Harper, putting the inmates in bodily fear, and stealing a gun at Hunter’s River ; the prisoners were again found guilty, and having been called up for judgment, the learned Judge passed the awful sentence of death upon them, and ordered them for execution this morning without a hope of mercy. McMullin who had been convicted of receiving the stolen property, was ordered to be transported for fourteen years.

Punishment was swift. They were executed on 5th August 1833, two days after the trial.

Convict Changes History

Dennis Nightingale on 15th June, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Dennis Nightingale on 15th June, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 5th August, 1833 (prev. 0000)

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