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John Shakespeare

John Shakespeare, one of 280 convicts transported on the Vimiera, 20 September 1865

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Shakespeare
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1835
Occupation: Coal miner
Date of Death: 1875
Age: 40 years

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 20 years

Crime: Wounding with intent
Convicted at: Staffordshire, Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: 20 years
Ship: Vimiera
Departure date: 20th September, 1865
Arrival date: 22nd December, 1865
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 279 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 119 (62)
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

Kate Fearnall-Heath on 7th September, 2019 wrote:

Feloniously wounding with intent to murder, Stafford Assizes 7 march 1864, guilty 20 years transportation to WA Swan River Colony. Died Unmarried Feb 1864 in Quindalup Vasse WA of Obstruction of the Bowels. Source Black Country Connections (also shows death 1875) Younger Brother to Benjamin Shakespeare b 1825 Brockmore transported to WA for same crime

Convict Changes History

Kate Fearnall-Heath on 7th September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1835 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1875 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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