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Elijah Rivers

Elijah Rivers, one of 188 convicts transported on the John, 22 May 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elijah Rivers
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1868
Age: 59 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: John
Departure date: 22nd May, 1829
Arrival date: 13th September, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 187 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 78
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

Denis Pember on 16th February, 2016 wrote:

Elizah was convicted at Middlesex on 15 Jan 1829 and departed for the colony on 22 May 1829 aboard the ship ‘John’. He was sentenced to 14 years transportation. He was aged 19 and forwarded to George Tate at Illawarra upon arrival in the colony.

Denis Pember on 16th February, 2016 wrote:

Elijah Rivers and Mary Ann Davis sought permission to marry which was granted on 15 May 1840 at ‘Capabele Farm’(?). Elijah was described as a ticket of leaver aged 30. Mary Ann was described as a native of the colony.
She was a widow, having been married to William Davis in 1824. They appear to not have had any children. William had died in 1838.
William was the son of William Davis (Convict, Scarborough, 1790) and Amy Burke (Convict, Nile, 1801).
Mary Ann (nèe Whitaker) was the daughter of Abraham Whitaker (Convict, Coromandel, 1802) and Ann Gibbons (Convict, William Pitt, 1806).

Mary Ann and Elijah had 6 children between 1843 and 1852.

Trevor Webb on 10th January, 2017 wrote:

Birthdate confirmed from his headstone

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 16th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1868 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Trevor Webb on 10th January, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 1810)

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