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John Wishart

John Wishart, one of 299 convicts transported on the Pestonjee Bomanjee, 06 September 1845

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Wishart
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1826
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1891
Age: 65 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: Stealing money
Convicted at: Scotland, Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Pestonjee Bomanjee
Departure date: 6th September, 1845
Arrival date: 30th December, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 299 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 396
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

Margaret Ritchie on 4th April, 2014 wrote:

John worked as a labourer to various free settlers including Thomas Archer who owned the property “Woolmers” at Longford. When he received his ticket of freedom he sailed in the “Tamar” from Georgetown and worked as a carter in Melbourne before moving to the goldfields around Bendigo. John worked as a miner and he and his wife can be traced from field to field from records of where their children were born.  He eventually bought land in Bealiba, Victoria and he and Sarah produced 14 children and 49 grandchildren.  He is buried at Bealiba Cemetery with his wife Sarah and some of his children.  He died from tuberculosis on 28th March 1891.

Convict Changes History

Margaret Ritchie on 4th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1826 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1891 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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