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Wm. John Shannon

Wm. John Shannon, one of 289 convicts transported on the Neptune, 18 April 1849

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Wm. John Shannon
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1832
Occupation: Stonecutter
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Cow stealing
Convicted at: Ireland, Antrim
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Neptune
Departure date: 18th April, 1849
Arrival date: 5th April, 1850
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land. [Originally for Cape of Good Hope, however due to anti-convict sentiment, ship eventually sailed for Van Diemen's Land.]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 305 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 9 (6)
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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David Harvey on 8th March, 2017 wrote:

believe Hugh and William John Shannon to be duplicate record for same person, (original records from Ireland - Australia transportation database) show true name to be Hugh alias William John, all other details exactly the same.
He served 3 mnths imprisonment prior to deportation

Sue Robertson on 12th March, 2019 wrote:

After an initial theft of geese, hens and ducks and receiving a three month sentence for that crime in Antrim, William aged 15 and his older brother Hugh aged 21 were convicted of cattle theft and sentenced to 15 years, to be transported to Bermuda on the ‘Bangalore’ arriving in June 1848 where along with other convicts they were employed for 12 months in the construction and maintenance of the Royal Naval Dockyards. They were then sent on the ‘Neptune’ to The Cape of Good Hope to serve out their sentences, but the hostile resistance of Cape locals to convict transportation resulted in the Neptune being eventually forced to sail to Van Diemen’s Land where they received conditional pardons. William married a Mary Mccart and became the father of 9 children, residing in the area of Geelong, Victoria.

Convict Changes History

Sue Robertson on 12th March, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1832 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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