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John Ventin, one of 160 convicts transported on the Sir Charles Forbes, 01 April 1830
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Tasmania's Libraries, Description List (CON18-1-19, Image 147). Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 288
||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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Alison Armstrong on 31st July, 2019 wrote:
Likely name is John Venton, not Ventin - Venton was most commonly used in the Tasmanian convict records and is a Devon surname. Some local newspaper reports at his time of conviction, also reported him as being Venton. The Tasmanian records also reference him having a wife (Elizabeth) and a child and being of “Panton, Devon” - more likely Paignton, Devon.
Alison Armstrong on 2nd August, 2019 wrote:
reports say, he was a seaman by trade and was put to work in the marine dept. He absconded first from the vessel Kangaroo, but gave himself up. In 1833 he and a group of convicts which included a master mariner, absconded with the govt schooner, Badger. They were shipwrecked off Manilla, and taken by a Spanish ship to Macao, where the Portuguese would not give them up. Some found their way back to England, apparently via America. Two were returned to Australia. It’s likely John Venton would have lived under a different name after his escape. He was said to have a wife and child in Paignton, Devon.
Iris Dunne on 2nd August, 2019 wrote:
Description List: Named John Venton, No.49, Trade Seaman, aged 23
Convict Changes History
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source: Tasmania's Libraries, Description List (CON18-1-19, Image 147). Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 288 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number