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John Sims

John Sims, one of 112 convicts transported on the Proteus, 12 April 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Sims
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Rioting
Convicted at: Southampton Special Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Proteus
Departure date: 12th April, 1831
Arrival date: 3rd August, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 111 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 84. Tasmanian Archives - Conduct Record http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-39,243,133,F,60. Personal description http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON18-1-18,197,190,F,30
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

Anonymous on 29th August, 2011 wrote:

John was my 4 th greatgrandfathe’s nephew.
Johns father William and his brother Daniel were mixed up in the ‘‘swing riots’‘.
William went back to uk.Daniel died in NSW
and John died in Tasmania

David Spencer SIMS on 8th July, 2016 wrote:

My name is David Spencer SIMS , and I am a direct descendant of John Sims.
John SIMS was originally sentenced to DEATH later commuted to transportation.  His Father and Brother were sent to Sydney..
John SIMS left a pregnant wife and daughter in England at the Village of ST Mary Bourne in Hampshire…These men were indeed involved in the so called Swing Riots, they were all impoverished and exploited farm workers who were rioting against the injustice of the system.  John never returned to the UK and died in Tasmania.  His son was born in St Mary Bourne UK, and never knew his father and at the age of 19 emigrated to New York State USA, later to fight in the American civil war, and further marry and have several children. He lived to a ripe old age.

Nell Murphy on 9th July, 2016 wrote:

The Van Diemen’s Land Convict Conduct Record has his offence as “Robbery”. He stated his offence was “Machine Breaking”. 7yr sentence.
Gaol Report: “Orderly in Prison”.
Hulk Report: “Good”.
Married - wife Mary at Winchester. Two (2) children.

Personal Description: Aged 28yrs; farm labourer; 5’ 4 3/4”; dark complexion; black hair; dk Hazel eyes.
Native place - St. Mary Bowen, Hants.

Clear Conduct Record - no offences or punishments.

Free Pardon no. 1339 3 Feb 1836.

Maureen Withey on 14th November, 2019 wrote:

National Archives - Medical Journal by Thomas Logan, Surgeon of Convict Ship Proteus, 6 April - 8 Aug 1831.
ADM 101/62/2/3
John Sims, aged 28; sick or hurt, pyrexia; put on sick list, 4 August 1831. Discharged 7 August 1831 cured.

Convict Changes History

David Spencer SIMS on 8th July, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

Nell Murphy on 9th July, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 84. Tasmanian Archives - Conduct Record http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-39,243,133,F,60. Personal description ht

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