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John Shaw Strange

John Shaw Strange, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], 12 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Shaw Strange
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Bootmaker
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: High treason
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 12th May, 1820
Arrival date*: 12th January, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 309 (156)
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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Kieran Hannon on 23rd May, 2012 wrote:

This record is NOT correct re where John disembarked. John Shaw Strange was one of six prisoners taken off the ship Guildford when it arrived in Sydney. The ship carried 194 convicts [190 from Portsmouth, and 4 more it picked up at Smith’s Bay (British Naval Base in 1820, near Cape Town South Africa)]. The rest of the 188 convicts continued on to VDL. John was one of the respited Cato Street Conspirators who escaped being hung and beheaded on 1 May 1820 as he pleaded guilty to High Treason for his part in the Cato Street Conspiracy (an attempt to kill British Ministers including the Prime Minister on 23 Feb 1820). John threw himself on the mercy of the court which changed his sentence to transportation for life. He and the four other Cato Street Conspirators (Charles Cooper, James Wilson, Richard Bradburn and John Harrison) on the Guildford were immediately sent by boat to Newcastle Penal Settlement upon disembarking in Sydney. Another convict George Stewart was also taken off Guildford in Sydney. He was not a Cato Street Conspirator. He had a specialised skills (Copper plate engraver) which was required by John Oxley and taken to work for him in his Sydney office.

Maureen Withey on 17th July, 2019 wrote:

HIS EXCELLENCY the Governor has been pleased to approve of the following Alterations in the Police of the Colony, viz.
-Bathurst.-John Shaw Strange, per Guildford, and Michael Pearson, per Isabella to be Constables.
The Monitor, Sydney, Tues 12 Jun 1827

Convict Changes History

Kieran Hannon on 23rd May, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

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