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John Tennant

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Tennant
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 29th August, 1839
Age: 39 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Robbery
Convicted at: Dublin City
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 13th February, 1824
Arrival date: 15th July, 1824
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 16 other convicts


Primary source: Phoenix Hulk Entrance Book Books; NSW Convict record books, The Australian Friday 11 September 1829 and other newspapers.
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Community Contributions

Wendy Smith on 26th April, 2019 wrote:

Arrived in Australia and assigned to a property in what is now Canberra.  Escaped and lived in the Brindabella Mountains surround Canberra.  He was later joined by John Ricks or Rix, James Murphy (also Prince Regent) and Thomas Cain or Kane.  Indicted in 1829 for a robbery from a hut belonging to Mr Robert Campbell, Sen. Esq. in Argyle on 21 November 1827 where they stole property belonging to James Ainsle and putting Charles Bowmen in Bodily fear.  John Tennant and James Murphy and sentenced to seven years transportation on Norfolk Island John Ricks (or Rix) and Thomas Caine or Kane found not Guilty.  James Murphy found guilty on second charge and also sentenced to a further seven years on Norfolk Island.  After serving time on Norfolk Island returned to Sydney on 13 September 1836 and then moved to Hyde Park Barracks on 16 September 1836.  Reference Phoenix Hulk Entrance Book 1833 -1837.  Died on 29 August 1839.  Cannot determine district.  Appears to be natural causes because there was no Coroner’s Inquest.
Some other information:  Mount Tennant in the Brindabella Mountains is named for John Tennant.  His story is recorded in the official history of ‘Canberra 1820-1913 Volume 1 pp15-19 by Mr Lyall Gillespie published 1991; Queanbeyan District and People by Errol Lea-Scarlett published 1968 and Canberra History and Legends pp66-71 published in 1927.

Convict Changes History

Wendy Smith on 26th April, 2019 made the following changes:

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