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John Vernon Warren

John Warren, one of 212 convicts transported on the William Jardine, 30 April 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Vernon Warren
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1827
Occupation: Clerk
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: York, Assizes at York
Sentence term: Life
Ship: William Jardine
Departure date: 30th April, 1852
Arrival date: 1st August, 1852
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 211 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 453 (229)
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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Eric Harry Daly on 20th December, 2012 wrote:

John Vernon Warren was born 1827 in Leeds Yorkshire Uk ans was Christened 27 May 1827. He was the so of Peter and Honor Warren.

John Vernon Warren (born 1827, date of death unknown) was a convict transported to Western Australia. He was one of only 39 such convicts from the 9721 convicts transported to the colony to overcome the social stigma of convictism to become schoolteachers.
Born in 1826, Warren worked as a clerk in his youth, but in 1850 he was convicted of forging a bill of exchange, and sentenced to a lifetime of penal servitude. He was transported to Western Australia on board the William Jardine, arriving in August 1852. After receiving his ticket of leave, he taught at the Catholic school at York from 1860, and then at Newleyine from 1866 to 1868. He then moved to the Wicklow Hills school, prompting the closure of the Newleyine school. In 1870 he was dismissed for gross misconduct, but this did not stop him being appointed teacher at Dumbarton in 1872. In September 1874, Warren married Mary Ann Elizabeth Gould, a wealthy widow who owned a hotel and a farm. No longer needing to earn an income, he resigned as a teacher the following year. He sailed for Singapore in 1881.
The position of ex-convicts in the Australian penal colonies led to significant political conflict during the nineteenth century (cf. emancipist). Most freed convicts became part of an underclass and the social characteristics of the convicts has been a point of Australian historiographic argument throughout the period of European settlement in Australia.
Warren was one of a very small number of convicts in Western Australia to overcome the social stigma of his conviction and obtain a respectable position in society. Although most respectable occupations were closed to ex-convicts, the colony was desperately short of teachers, yet unable to pay a sufficient wage to attract them. Whereas educated people of the “free” class were not attracted to teaching positions, the positions were attractive to educated ex-convicts, for whom the salary was no lower than other vocations open to them, and the job offered a degree of respectability. In total, 39 ex-convicts became school teachers in Western Australia. Erickson (1983) has suggested that the use of ex-convict school teachers played an important role in the gradual breaking down of the social stigma of convictism.

Transcript from “The West Australian Times” Tuesday 11 September 1877.

I, John Vernon Warren, accountant now residing at Northam, in the district of Toodyay give notice that it is my intention to apply at the next Liecencing Meeting to be holden for this distrct for an Eating, Boarding and Lodging House Liecence, in the house which i now occupy, situated at Northam, known as the Temperance Hall and Bushmans Home.
I have not held a liecence before.
Given under my hand this Fourth Day of September, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Seven.
                      John Vernon Warren
Northam, Sep. 4 1877

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 20th December, 2012 made the following changes:

firstname John Vernon (prev. John), date of birth 1827, gender, occupation, crime

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