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John Swann

John Swann, one of 188 convicts transported on the John, 22 May 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Swann
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Ploughman and shepherd
Date of Death: 30th June, 1838
Age: 42 years

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 Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: John
Departure date: 22nd May, 1829
Arrival date: 13th September, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 187 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 73 (39)
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 8th July, 2020 wrote:

Morning Chronicle London, England
11 Aug 1828:

HORSE-STEALING, JOHN SWANN, aged 30, was indicted for having, in the beginning of May last, stolen a black gelding, the property of William Partis.
It appeared that Mr. Partis had seen the horse tied up in the stable at ten o’clock at night, and in the morning he was missing.  On that day the prisoner was seen by a toll-gate-keeper, at about 20 miles distance from the premises of Mr. Partis, riding on this horse.  Two persons, to whom the prisoner offered the horse for sale, had some suspicion that the prisoner had stolen him, and insisted on his giving an account of the way in which he came by him, and at first gave an account which one of the witnesses knew could not be true, and he said so to the prisoner, who then dismounted and ran away, but he was pursued and secured, and then he said that he had been sent by Mr. Partis to sell the horse at a neighbouring fair.  Mr. Partis was sent for, and identified the horse, but he had never given the prisoner any authority to take or to sell him.___Guilty.

John Swann was listed as 32 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Kent.

John could read, was married with 6 children, 5’10¼” tall, dark ruddy pockpitted complexion, brown hair, dark hazel eyes.

Assigned to B. L Derrietta, Camden.

30/6/1838: John Swann died at Port Macquarie, NSW.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 8th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th June, 1838 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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