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John Stephens

John Stephens, one of 224 convicts transported on the Waterloo, 18 November 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Stephens
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Shoemaker
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 Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Cornwall Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Waterloo
Departure date: 18th November, 1834
Arrival date: 3rd March, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 225 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 463 (233)
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

Marie on 13th March, 2016 wrote:

Husband of Eliza Marks, he was Protestant and could read and write.

He was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania, Australia) for stealing two of John Pearce’s cows. Once in Van Diemen’s Land he spent two years and six months in a probation gang.

He was described as being 5’9”, aged 34, fresh complexion, large head, brown hair, no whiskers, oval visage, high forehead, brown eyebrows, grey eyes, large nose, large wide mouth and medium chin. He had no distinguishing marks

D Wong on 14th March, 2016 wrote:

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the John Stephen’s that were convicts in VDL - the above contribution relates to John Stephens per ‘Tory’ 1846.

This John Stephens:
ROYAL CORNWALL GAZETTE, 9 AUGUST 1834 – CORNWALL SUMMER ASSIZES – CROWN BAR – At eleven o’clock on Monday morning, Lord Denman proceeded in the Assize-Hall. John Stevens (23) committed by John Ennis Vivian, Esq, charged with having assaulted Jonathan Bennett, put him in bodily fear, and robbed him of five half-crowns, twenty-three shillings, and sixpence. It was ascertained from the evidence in this case that the prosecutor was returning to Grampound from Truro market on the 14th of December, 1833, when he met with two men who assaulted and robbed him of the above sums of money. One of those men, it will be remembered, was Calloway, who was convicted of the offence at the Spring Assizes this year; the prisoner Stevens at that time kept out of the way, but John Brown, constable of Grampound, having received certain information on the 11th of April that the prisoner was in the neighbourhood, discovered him in the road between Probus and that place. Immediately on seeing the constable Stevens endeavoured to run away, but he was overtaken by Brown, who secured, and had him safely committed. Guilty. Death recorded.

Reprieved: Transportation for Life
CRIME: Highway Robbery CRIME COMMITTED WITH: John Callaway, transported on “Hooghly” 1834 to NSW.

Previous Conviction: Once for apples – 6 months, remitted to 3 months.
Once for housebreaking – tried and acquitted.

John was Single, 5’ 2 ½“ tall, 24 years old, fresh complexion, dark brown hair and whiskers, grey eyes, Native Place: Truro, Cornwall.

5/10/1835: Quarter Sessions – sentenced to 14 Years at Port Arthur for feloniously receiving a ?5 Bank Note, the property of D. McLeod, well knowing the same to have been stolen.
To be sent to Port Arthur.
6/10/1836: Port Arthur - Not performing his proportion of work – Severely reprimanded.
21/10/183?:  Not drawing up his quantity of Buckets – Sentenced to 3 weeks with No 1 Chain Gang.
12/6/1838: Allowing boots to be clandestinely repaired in the shoemaker’s shop, and further with strong suspicion of consenting or allowing some leather to be concealed under part of the shop in his charge – 4 months No 1 Chain Gang.
17/12/1839: Negligently performing his work – 3 weeks No 3 Chain Gang.
19/5/1841: Nowlan – Misconduct – Reprimanded.
14/5/1842: Nowlan – Absent without leave – 4 hours exposure in the stocks.

4/4/1844: TOL
October 1847: CP approved.

October 1849 – John Stephens, Conditional Pardon, arrived in the Colony aboard “Waterloo”, departed Launceston and travelled to Melbourne as a passenger aboard the “Shamrock”.

Convict Changes History

Marie on 13th March, 2016 made the following changes:

term: 10 years (prev. 99 years), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 14th March, 2016 made the following changes:

term: 99 years (prev. 10 years), date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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