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John Wilkins

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Wilkins
Aliases: Wilkson (alias)
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Dorset Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
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 374
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

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 wrote:

Medical Journal of Ocean for 21 June 1817 to 16 Jan 1818, by George Fairfowl.
ADM 101/57/8/11817-1817

Folio 4: John Wilkinson, Convict, aged 22; disease or hurt, difficult respiration, pain and sense of itching in his breast under the sternum, with frequent cough which brings up florid and frothy blood. Taken ill, 3 September 1817. Discharged cured 19 September 1817. Had been spitting blood for three days but attributed it to cold.

D Wong on 7th March, 2021 wrote:

John Wilkins was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Colonial Secretary Index:
WILKINS, John alias WILKSON. Per “Ocean”, 1818

1818 Jan 16:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Ocean” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3497 p.307)

1818 Oct 29:  On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.122)

1822:  Convicted of certain robberies; under sentence of death at Sydney Gaol. Petition for mitigation of sentence; listed as Wilkinson (Fiche 3229; 4/1868 p.44)

1822 Sep 23-Oct 21:  Sentenced to death; commuted to transportation to Port Macquarie. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction; listed as Wilkinson (Reel 6023; X820 p.67)

1822 Nov 5:  Tried in Sydney. Sentence commuted to transportation; listed as Wilkinson (Reel 6070; 4/1265 p.9)

1822 Nov 19:  On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.18, 376-7)

1824 Oct 1:  Re his being forwarded to Sydney; listed as Wilkinson (Reel 6019; 4/3864 p.182)

11/10/1822 Sydney Gazette:
SATURDAY.__Dennis Howard, John Wilkinson, James Davis, and John Northorn, (*should read John Northall, Surrey 1814) were indicted for the following robberies and burglary, committed in the district of Airds, upon the night of the 28th of August last ; viz.
1. For feloniously entering the dwelling-house of William Eggleton, and stealing sundry articles therefrom.
2. For entering the dwelling-house of Patrick Macquinnity, and stealing various articles of property therefrom.
3. For entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Acres, and taking therefrom various articles : __ to this four-fold indictment the prisoners pleaded Not Guilty.

All were sentenced to Death.

30/10/1824: CP
7/4/1825: Colonial Pardon - Absolute Pardon.
Described as: 5’5½” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes.

Convict Changes History

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

alias1: Wilkson (alias) (prev. Wilkson (Alias)), gender: m

D Wong on 7th March, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1795 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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