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||29th August, 1839
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Phoenix Hulk Entrance Book Books; NSW Convict record books, The Australian Friday 11 September 1829 and other newspapers.
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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:
convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Phoenix Hulk Entrance Book Books; NSW Convict record books, The Australian Friday 11 September 1829 and other newspapers. (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Tennant, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , da