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John Ward

John Ward, one of 290 convicts transported on the Mangles, 21 November 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Ward
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 2nd May, 1814
Occupation: Gentleman's servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Northampton Town Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 21st November, 1839
Arrival date: 27th April, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 131 (67)
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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Natalie Lonsdale on 19th February, 2020 wrote:

John Ward, groom to an officer and gentleman, was sentenced to 10 years transportation for theft.  He began a diary on the 1st November 1841 while he was on Norfolk Island.  His diary is believed to be the only extant diary ever written during the Australian penal era whilst its convict writer was imprisoned. Author June Slee has used the diary as a base for her wonderful book ‘Crime, Punishment and Redemption - A convict’s story.’  John Ward tells his story from the beginning of his downfall in England to his eventual reconciliation with the Christian beliefs he had abandoned as a youth.  The original manuscript diary comprises of 155 pages and includes 3 poems.  The diary was transcribed in 1977 by medical historian Professor Bryan Gandevia.  Both the original and Gandevia’s transcripts are held at the National Library of Australia (MS 3275) An online transcript can be found here: https://publishing.nla.gov.au/pages/resources.do?newsId=103

Convict Changes History

Natalie Lonsdale on 19th February, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Natalie Lonsdale on 26th February, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 2nd May, 1814 (prev. 1810)

Natalie Lonsdale on 26th February, 2020 made the following changes:


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