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John Sumption

John Sumption, one of 296 convicts transported on the Cressy, 28 April 1843

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Sumption
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Coining
Convicted at: Bristol City and County Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Cressy
Departure date: 28th April, 1843
Arrival date: 28th August, 1843
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 295 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 283 (143)
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 4th January, 2019 wrote:

16/4/18242 Bristol Mirror Bristol, England:
John Richards, 24, John Sumption, 22, and Julia Edwards, 22, were charged with having a mould in their possession for counterfeiting half-crowns.

The Jury retired, and after an absence of about an hour, returned into Court with a verdict of Gilty against Sumption and Edwards, but acquitted Richards.

The three prisoners were then, along with Joseph Gerred, charged, Sumption and Richards with stealing, and Gerred and Edwlards with receiving a piece of cotton print, the property of Messrs. Wintles.

The evidence was defective against Richards, Gerred, and Edwards, who were acquitted; Sumption was found Guilty.

John Sumption was 23 years old on arrival in VDL.
Native Place: Reading, Berkshire.

John was 5’4½” tall, fresh complexion, reddish hair, brown whiskers, hazel eyes, pockpitted, scar on left hand, scar on knuckle forefinger left hand, small scar on 3rd and 4th fingers left hand, literate, single.

Mother: Jane at native place.
Brothers: James, Charles.
Sisters: Susannah, Betty.

1/1/1847: TOL
22/6/1849: Free Certificate.

29/12/1851: Steerage passenger, Launceston to Melbourne, per ‘City of Melbourne’.  Free by Servitude.  Listed as ‘Somption’.

9/8/1861: Was at Chewton, Victoria.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 4th January, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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