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John Waterhouse

John Waterhouse, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Waterhouse
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Cabinetmaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 377 (190)
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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Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 March 2021), May 1817, trial of JOHN WATERHOUSE (t18170521-11).
JOHN WATERHOUSE, Theft > pocketpicking, 21st May 1817.

785. JOHN WATERHOUSE was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April , one handkerchief, value 2s., the property of John Brenan , from his person .

JOHN BRENAN . I am a boot-maker , and live in Furnival’s-inn, Holborn. On the 27th of April, between eleven and twelve o’clock in the morning, I was in Holborn , opposite Southampton-buildings, a person told me my handkerchief was gone, I turned round and missed it-the prisoner was putting it in his bosom - He was secured; it was safe ten minutes before.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

BENJAMIN MORRIS . I am a patrol of Bow Street. On the 27th of April, I was going along Holborn, I saw the prisoner put his hand into Mr. Brenan’s pocket, and take the handkerchief out. I stopped him.

GUILTY. Aged 21.

Transported for Life .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Bayley.


There was another report of a trial just a few months earlier, of a John Waterhouse:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 March 2021), February 1817, trial of JOHN WATERHOUSE (t18170219-119).
JOHN WATERHOUSE, Theft > grand larceny, 19th February 1817.

482. JOHN WATERHOUSE was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of February , 60lbs. of butter, value 1l. 16s., and one firkin, value 1s. the goods of Charles Pricket .

ROBERT MORGAN . I am servant to Mr. Charles Pricket , who is a cheesemonger , and lives in St. John’s-street, Smithfield . On the 19th of February, between five and six o’clock in the afternoon, I was taking some firkins from my cart into the shop. I heard the cry of stop thief! and missed one of them.

THOMAS THOMPSON . I am an officer. I was in St. John’s-street, and saw the prisoner, in company with another man, pointing to the shop several times. There were several firkins outside the door; I saw the prisoner go up to one; his companion took hold of one end, and the prisoner took hold of the other-they went towards Smithfield. I called out, and the prisoner threw the firkin down. I secured him; the other ran away.

JOHN GAY . I am a patrol. I saw the prisoner and another man by the shop. The other man helped the firkin on the prisoner’s shoulder.

GUILTY. Aged 21.

Fined One Shilling, and Discharged.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.


Tasmanian Records.
List of 28 male convicts embarked on board the ship Duke of Wellington for the Derwent in Van Diemen’s Land. 30th January 1818.
The men sent to VDL on this ship all had skilled trades.
Jno. Waterhouse, per Ocean 3rd. Tried at Middlesex G.D. 21 May 1817, Life, Cabinet maker.


Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

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