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John Semple

John Semple, one of 256 convicts transported on the Triton, 04 August 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Semple
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 15th May, 1881
Age: 62 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 10 years

Crime: Rape
Convicted at: Perth Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Triton
Departure date: 4th August, 1842
Arrival date: 19th December, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 256 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 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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Keith Blackburn on 27th August, 2014 wrote:

He described his occupation as that of “Tinman”. He started as a tinsmith and became a successful hardware merchant. These occupations are not in the drop-down list.

D Wong on 27th August, 2014 wrote:

National Records of Scotland.
26/4/1842: Trial papers relating to John Semple for the crime of assault with intent to ravish, and using lewd and indecent practices towards young children. Tried at High Court, Perth.

John Semple, Verdict: Guilty, Verdict Comments: Guilty in terms of own confession - second and third charges, Sentence: Transportation - 10 years. Note: Pannel had initially pleaded not guilty. The Advocate Depute passed from the first charge.

On his conduct record he stated that he was transported for:
“using lewed and indecent practices toward children; I committed a rape on a woman named jane smith servant to my master james keith; I was also guilty of using indecent liberties with mrs simpson’s daughters 6 yrs & 7 yrs of age”.

John was 5’4 ½” tall, reads and writes, single, protestant, his occupation is listed as a “Tinker”, sallow complexion, black hair and whiskers, hazel eyes, freckles, scars on left thumb, corner left eye and over right eye.

Father:  Robert at Arbroath;
Mother: Catherine:
3 b., 2 s. robert, hugh, thomas, isabel, & flora.

19/6/1845: Released from 1st stage of probation.
21/12/1847: TOL
27/11/1849: CP
7/1?/1857: Certificate, Hobart.

1849: Married Mary Cummings (Sea Queen) – 8 children listed as born in Tasmania.

16/5/1881: The Argus, Melbourne:
SEMPLE.—At the residence of his daughter, Mrs J Whiting, Jun , 59 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, John
Semple, Ironmonger, Ayrshire-house, Hobart, aged 62. Hobart papers please copy.

17/5/1881: The Argus, Melbourne:
JOHN DALEY, undertaker, Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. THE Friends of the late Mr JOHN SEMPLE (Ironmonger, late of Hobart) are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of Interment, Melbourne General Cemetery.
His funeral to move from the residence of his son-in-law, Mr James Whiting, 59 Brunswick street, Fitzroy, THIS DAY (Tuesday, 17th inst.), at 12 o’clock.
JOHN DALEY, undertaker, Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne.

Seems John’s mother Catherine also arrived in Tasmania at some point:
12/5/1881: The Argus, Melbourne:
SEMPLE.-On the 6th inst., at 85 Liverpool-street,  Hobart, Catherine Angelina, relict of Robert Semple, Ayrshire, Scotland, and mother of John Semple, of Ayrshire-house, Hobart, aged 84, grandmother of Mrs. J. Whiting, jun., Fitzroy.

Convict Changes History

Keith Blackburn on 27th August, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th May, 1881 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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