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John Thorne

John Thorne, one of 112 convicts transported on the Proteus, 12 April 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Thorne
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Shepherd
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: Machine breaking
Convicted at: Wilts. Special Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Proteus
Departure date: 12th April, 1831
Arrival date: 3rd August, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 111 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 86
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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Carol Wood on 10th July, 2018 wrote:

Name THORN(E), John Age 22 I Trade / Calling Shepherd •• - - Offence / Sentence Machine breaking (a threshing machine). Sentenced to death, commuted to transportation for 7 years. County Wiltshire I Transport Proteus Remarks Single. . _ Convict Conduct Record in VDL Aug 15, 1832 - Disobedience - reprimanded. Aug 22, 1832 - Falsely accusing his master (John Archer) of allowing him insufficient rations. -Reprimanded. ’ Narrative of life in VDL Upon arrival, Thorne was assigned to Lewis Gillis but by 1832 was working on the farm of John Archer, with whom he stayed until he received his ticket of leave in 1835. He received his free pardon on 3 February 1836 and departed from Launceston on the Industry for Port Phillip on 29 August 1839. Death / Final record Probably died in Victoria in 1892. References Thesis Bruce Brown on Machine Breakers from Wiltshire held by library of University of Tasmania

Maureen Withey on 10th November, 2019 wrote:

HO 17/54/94.  1831 Jan 25.  Record held at The National Archives, Kew. England

Prisoner name: Jeremiah New, John Thorne, David Gee and Worthy Gee.
Prisoner occupation: All road menders. Worthy Gee formerly a ploughboy in 1828.
Court and date of trial: Wells Special Assize, December 1830.
Crime: Robbery [during a riotous assembly] on 22 November 1830.
Initial sentence: (All) Death, commuted to seven years transportation.
Petitioner(s): Lord Radnor.
Grounds for clemency: Previous good character.
Other papers: Letter of character from James Spicer, fellow parishioner known to the four convicts. Letter of character on behalf of Worthy Gee from John Johnson, former employer, of Little Hinton, Wiltshire.
Additional Information: The convicts had been working on the roads for the parish on pay of 3/- per week.

Convict Changes History

Carol Wood on 10th July, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

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