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John Watson

John Watson, one of 206 convicts transported on the Ganges, August 1796

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Watson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1761
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 28th August, 1852
Age: 91 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 Life

Crime: Unknown
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ganges
Departure date: August, 1796
Arrival date: 2nd June, 1797
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 208 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 217 (109)
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

Denis Pember on 13th February, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, John married Esther Hacker (Convict, Indispensible, 1796), March 6th 1798, at Sydney.
The couple had 3 children between 1798 and 1801. Mary 1798, Margaret 1799 and John 1801.

Denis Pember on 13th February, 2016 wrote:

John can be Located in several of the Muster lists:
Baxter, Carol; General Musters of New South Wales:
[Ref A4711] John Watson, Ganges, Prisoner, Government Parramatta.

[Ref 6093] Watson, John, Ganges, Tried Jul 1792, York, Life. (PRO n2130).

[Ref 2432} JOhn Watson, Ganges, On Stores. Overseer at the Factory.

Denis Pember on 13th February, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Page 384, Ref W0647] Watson, John, 67, Ganges, Pensioner at Benevolent Asylum, Sydney.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 13th February, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Denis Pember on 13th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1761 (prev. 0000), date of death: 28th August, 1852 (prev. 0000)

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