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John George Smith

John George Smith, one of 290 convicts transported on the Asia, 05 November 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John George Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 10th October, 1819
Occupation: Shoemaker's boy
Date of Death: 21st October, 1894
Age: 75 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 7 years

Crime: Theft of boots
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 5th November, 1835
Arrival date: 21st February, 1836
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 200
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

Lisa on 17th April, 2020 wrote:

John George Smith was first transported to VDL at age 16 years. He went to Melbourne and got into some more trouble returning to VDL for 7 years. Returning to Melbourne he was a boot maker. He married Mary Ann Trotman 11/2/1847 at St James Melbourne. Mary Ann was the daughter of Thomas Trotman (also transported) and Mary Brooks. Thomas once gaining his free certificate was a successful bricklayer and member of the Methodist church. 
The 13 children of John George Smith and Mary Ann Trotmann are William George (1848), Charles (1850), John Henry Smith(1850),Edward Alfred (1853), Fredrick James (1855), Richard Benjamin (1857), John George Daniel (1858), Mary Matilda (1860), Augustus (1861), Arthur (1863), Elizabeth Ann (1865), Thomas Trotman (1867) and Edmund (1870. My family line is through William George(1848) and his wife Annie Moxham.

D Wong on 17th April, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: stealing from master.
2nd February 1835
Verdict Guilty > pleaded guilty
Sentence Transportation

JOHN GEORGE SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of February, 1 pair of boots, value 5s., the goods of Thomas Brookes, his master; to which he pleaded
GUILTY. Aged 15.— Transported for Seven Years.

John George Smith was listed as 16 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Newington.

John was 4’6” tall, pale complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes.

21/10/1894: John George Smith died of ‘Disease of the kitneys, liver and heart, in Victoria.

27/10/1894 Leader, Melbourne, Victoria:
SMITH.— On the 21st October, at his late residence, 34 Kerr-street, Fitzroy, John George Smith, late boot manufacturer, beloved husband of Mary Ann Smith, and son-
in-law of the late Thomas Trottman, leaving 10 sons and two daughters. A colonist of 50 years.

SMITH.— On the 21st October, at his late residence, 34 Kerr-Street, Fitzroy, John George Smith, the beloved father of Mrs. W. Alder, Maffra (late of Northcote), also father of Mrs. William Dunstan, of 154 Smith Street, Collingwood.  A colonist of 50 years.

Convict Changes History

Lisa on 17th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 10th October, 1819 (prev. 0000), date of death: 21st October, 1894 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 17th April, 2020 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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