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John Stanney

John Stanney, one of 220 convicts transported on the Elizabeth, 03 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Stanney
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Chester Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Elizabeth
Departure date: 3rd October, 1831
Arrival date: 14th February, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 184
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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D Wong on 10th August, 2017 wrote:

11/1/1831 Chester Courant Cheshire, England:
Cheshire Quarter Sessions
John Stanney, 29, George Graystock, 16, and John Hewitt, 17, for stealing a pair of boots, the property of Wm. Jervis, of Stockport.

John Stanney arrived per ‘Elizabeth’ 1832 to VDL.
John Hewitt arrived per ‘Mangles’ 1833 to NSW.George Graystock/Greystock arrived per ‘Camden’ 1831 to NSW.

John Stanney was listed as being 21 years old on arrival in VDL - ‘he was listed as 29 in the newspaper report’.

John was 5’7½” tall, brown hair, dark grey eyes, Stout made, ring on mid finger left hand Anchor F.S.J.S. ins rt. arm 7 Dots ins left arm.

Wife: Fanny at native place, near Stockport - 1 child.

1832-1835 Musters: Assigned to Mr. Somerville.

26/3/1836: TOL

13/8/1842: Melbourne Times, Victoria:
CAPTURE OF A HORSE STEALER. - Our active Ranger, Mr Wright, has made another happy hit in the capture of a man named John Smith upon a charge of stealing a horse from Mr Roe the butcher some months since.  The follow was apprehended on Wednesday last near Dandenong and has confessed the crime; he was comitted on Thursday to stand his trial at the ensuing criminal sessions of the Supreme Court.

17/8/1842 Port Phillip Gazette, Vic: (Edited)
John Smith, alias Slanay was next indicted for stealing a gelding, the property of Mr. Roe, on the 12th instant, to which the prisoner pleaded
not guilty, by stating that he was guilty only of riding the animul, not stealing it.

His Honor told the jury, that, in his opinion, the case wus clearly made out, and they, without hesitation, returned a verdict of guilty.
His Honor — (To the Jury) — Your time and the time of the Court is chiefly occupied by trying convivts who have been tried elsewhere and not
yet improved in teir lives.
The sentence of the Court is, (to the prisoner) that you shall be transported for the term of 15 years.
Prisoner — Well, you cannot give me any more.
His Houor— If I could 1 would.
Gaoler — -The man is not sober your Honor.
His Honor — Not sober: how did he become
Gaoler— There are two persons in the watch-
house now, whom the constables have detected
bringing spirits into Court.
His Horor - I never knew such impudence in all my life : I suppose that the next thing will be, that we shall hae pickpockets exercising their unlawful calling in Court.

30/4/1843: Arrived back in VDL per ‘Seahorse’.

John was then described as: A stonecutter, 33 years old, fresh complexion, brown hair, scanty whiskers, dark blue eyes.

3 years probation at Port Arthur.  The Lt. Gov.r has ordered the removal of this man from Port Arthur and to serve 3 months probation at GlenY.

17/10/1858: TOL
23/10/1849: Recommended for a CP
25/2/1851: CP approved.

April 1859: There was a John Stanney in the Yatala District of South Australia - but nothing listed on the SA BDM.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 10th August, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

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