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John Ward

John Ward, one of 170 convicts transported on the Malabar, 14 June 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Ward
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 30th November, 1794
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Malabar
Departure date: 14th June, 1819
Arrival date: 30th October, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 178
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 12th July, 2020 wrote:

Star (London) London, England
18 Mar 1819:
Joseph Knipe, Thomas Smart, John Ward, and Benjamin Birmingham, were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Springate, in the night time, between the 27th and 28th October last, in the parish of Linton, and stealing therefrom twenty-two pieces of Irish linen, a large quantity of tea and tobacco, worth in the whole about £160.
The case went to the Jury under the Learned Judge’s directions, and they found all the prisoners Guilty___Death.

All were on the Malabar.

John Ward was listed as 25 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Kent.

John was 5’9” tall, fair pale complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.

Colonial Secretary Index:
WARD, James. Per “Malabar”, 1819

1819 Nov 5:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Malabar” and forwarded to Emu Plains for distribution; listed as John (Reel 6007; 4/3501 p.14)

1824 Feb 9:  Enquiry re the circumstances of his being sent from the Windsor District to Sydney Gaol about five months ago (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.305). Reply, 14 Feb (Reel 6060; 4/1777 p.182)

1824 Feb 20:  Request for a copy of the warrant under which Ward was forwarded to Sydney Gaol (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.373). Reply, 1 Mar (Reel 6060; 4/1777 p.184)

1828 Census: 33 years old, employed as a ploughman living at South Creek, District of Melville, NSW.

27/8/1829: Permission to marry Frances Bell (Mariner) - She was 39 and John was 35 and on Bond - disallowed.

1831: TOL Evan - Granted for apprehending 2 runaways.
Cancelled by the Penrith Bench and sent to an Irong Gang for 12 months for receiving stolen property 28/11/1834.
Restored 7/10/1839.

20/2/1832: Permission to marry Eliza Brown (Louisa) she was 24 and on Bond - John was 37 and had TOL.

1832: Married at St. John’s, Parramatta.
(Eliza died in 1860 aged 52).

1846: Recommended for a CP - Recommended by W W Jenkins JP; Jonathan Innes; P Plunkett JP; R M Cole JP.

10/4/1847: CP

Convict Changes History

Di MacDonald on 14th March, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 30th November, 1794 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 12th July, 2020 made the following changes:


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