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John Watson

John Watson, one of 230 convicts transported on the Captain Cook, 02 May 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Watson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 25th June, 1833
Age: 43 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Captain Cook
Departure date: 2nd May, 1833
Arrival date: 26th August, 1833
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 232 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 75 (39.). Tasmanian Archives - convicts for 2nd conviction
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

Carol Axton-Thompson on 9th December, 2012 wrote:

John Watson was transported to NSW on the ‘Captain Cook’in 1832. “Staid with Mr. Blaxland for 11yrs then returned to Middlex, England in 1842 with 200 pounds”.
Convicted a second time at Wicklow on 26/02/1844 for stealing clothes. 7 yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemens Land on the ‘Cadet’ 1844.

1844: Convict no. 73984 VDL.
5’5”; 50yrs of age; reads; married, 3 children; Protestant; labourer.
Wife - Mary
Brother - Harry, at Cork
Sister - Ann, at Dublin

Station Gang: Impression Bay, VDL.

Died at Impression Bay 09/07/1848.

D Wong on 4th February, 2018 wrote:


This John Watson died on the voyage:
Old Bailey:
JOHN WATSON, Theft > simple larceny, 16th February 1832.
Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
JOHN WATSON was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of January, 3 candlesticks, value 2s. 6d., the goods of John Robert Green ; and that he had been before convicted of felony.

JOHN MARRS. I am servant to John Robert Green, who keeps the Bull’s Head, Peter-street. The prisoner came in on the 28th of January, in the afternoon; I was in the yard - he opened the kitchen door, looked in, pulled the door a little too, and looked round to see if he was watched -I saw him take some candlesticks, which he found were too big to put into his basket; he put them down, took three small ones, and went out with them in his basket, into the yard, from the tap-room - I went and told Mr. Green, who came; he shoved Mr. Green down, and ran away - I ran after him, and secured him not far off; he had left the basket behind, with the candlesticks in it.(Property produced and sworn to.)

ROBERT TAYLOR. I am a Policeman. I have a certificate of the prisoner’s former conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark’s office - (read.) - I was present at the trial, and am certain he is the man.

GUILTY. Aged 41. - Transported for Seven Years.

Sick list of the “Captain Cook 1833”:
Folio 3: case no 31, John Watson, aged 42, prisoner; taken ill at sea; sick or hurt, phthisis; put on sick list 25 May 1833, died 25 June 1833.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 9th December, 2012 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1793, date of death 9th July, 1848, gender

D Wong on 4th February, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 1793), date of death: 25th June, 1833 (prev. 9th July, 1848), occupation, crime

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