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John Welling

John Welling, one of 250 convicts transported on the General Stewart, 19 July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Welling
Aliases: Whaling
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: General Stewart
Departure date: 19th July, 1818
Arrival date: 31st December, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 75 (39)
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

Jenny Frost on 17th March, 2015 wrote:

On list of convicts disembarked from the “General Stuart” & forwarded to Liverpool for distribution Source: Colonial Sec papers)Cannot yet find him after that date although Colonial Times(Hobart, Ta, Weds 4 April 1832, page 4 mentions that he( JOhn Welling, General Stewart, is eligible to apply for a Certificate of Freedom as the period for which he was transported was expiring was expiring on 30th April 1832. So presumably he was still alive at that date

D Wong on 17th March, 2015 wrote:

Listed as Whaling on his conduct record in VDL.

Arrived VDL 1821 per ‘Prince Leopold”

26 years old on arrival, brown hair, hazel eyes, woman on left arm.

1830: TOL
29/5/1832: Free Certificate

11/10/1832: Hobart QS, 7 years imprisonment with hard labour for carnally know a girl between 10 and 12 years old.

1833: Transported to Port Arthur

1835: Assigned to D Murray
1837: Sent to Oatlands for further assignment.

Jenny Frost on 26th June, 2017 wrote:

Recently discovered a letter held at NSW State Archives(Kingswood) between VDL Colonial Secretry’s office written to Alexander McClay,NSW Colonial Sec, dated 6 Oct 1827 requesting particulars of the sentence for 2 men: (item no 4/1952 27/10116)
“John Whaling"per General Stewart;and
“Matthew McHugh” per Surrey.
It was “answered on 27 Oct 1827 with following info:

John WElling p Gen’l Stuart tried at Surryabt 30 March 1818.  14 years..

Matthew McCue Surry (2), tried at Kilkenny Co March 1826. Sentenance - Life…holds a ticket of Leave No 382/1981 dated 24 May 1819.
John Welling:
Native place London
Calling: Labourer
Age:  32
Height: 5 feet 1 1/2 inches
Compelection: Dark sallow
Hair:  Dark brown
Eyes: Dark
remarks :........

Matthew McCue”
Native place: Fermanagh
Trade: Groom & Servant
Age: 36
Height: 5 feet 21/2 inches
Complexion: Dark freckled
Eyes: Black

Jenny Frost on 26th June, 2017 wrote:

Intercolonial correspondence found at NSW State records(Kingswood) dated October 1827. Referred to as “John Welling"per Gebenal Stewart

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 17th March, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: Whaling, date of birth: 1795 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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