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John Wright

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Wright
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 26th December, 1841
Age: 39 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
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 377 (190)
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 28th June, 2020 wrote:

John Wright.
Date of Death: 26/12/1841. Found Drowned at Port Macquarie
T of L Holder. Ship; Ocean 2

New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869

Birth Year: 1802. Immigration Year: 1818
Ticket Date: 19 May 1838
Ticket Place: New South Wales, Australia
Origin: London. Vessel: Ocean (2)
Native Place: London. Trade or Calling: Carpenter.
Place of Trial: Middlesex. Date of Trial: 19 February 1817
5 Ft 2 inches. Dark Ruddy. Brown: Hair. Light Hazel; Eyes

Written across the T of L.
Canceled & Torn up. the holder reported; Dead. Letter dated 24/12/1841

Penny-Lyn Beale on 28th June, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey On Line
JOHN WRIGHT, Theft > burglary, 19th February 1817.
409. JOHN WRIGHT was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Dane , about six in the night of the 27th of January , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, one watch, value 20l., his property .

THOMAS DANE. I am a watch-maker , and live in Oxford-street , in the parish of St. Marylebone. On the 27th of January, I was down stairs in my kitchen, and heard glass crash as if it was my shop window; it was about a quarter before six, the lights had been lit nearly an hour-it was quite dark. I ran up stairs and found my glass broken-it was a very thick plate glass. There were some watches hanging just by it. I ran out, and heard the cry of stop thief! I ran with the people, and overtook the prisoner within three doors of my house. Wilmot pointed him out to me. I laid hold of him and took him into my shop. There was a void between the watches. I did not know how many were gone - They were safe when I went down stairs. The prisoner’s right hand was cut and bleeding. A person brought the gold case into the shop, which I knew to be mine; somebody else brought in the gold watch-the face and glass was broken, and it was bruised; the case was not hurt. It was worth twenty guineas.

THOMAS WILMOT . In the evening, of the 27th of January, I was in Oxford-street, it was quite dark, I looked at my watch at the time, it wanted exactly a quarter to six-the lamps were lit. I was near Holly-street, and heard a great crash, I turned round instantly to where the noise came from, and saw the prisoner running towards me; nobody else was running-there was a cry of stop thief! he instantly stopped and began walking towards me, there being a strong light from the shop; I stopped him, and told him he was the thief; he wanted me to let him go - I refused. I was going to take him to the place where the glass was broken, and heard something fall. A lady instantly said, the man had thrown something down the area, the sound was close to us; I returned and I saw something lay on the area railing. Mr. Dane came up, and I gave the prisoner up to him. I went to the railing and found it was a watch case, the lady picked it up and gave it to me, the case was open and lay across the area bar, it was three houses from Mr. Dane’s; I gave the prosecutor the case.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see me break the window - A. No, when I took the prisoner’s hand out of his pocket, he made a great resistance-his hand bled very much.

EPHRAIM TERRY . My master resides three doors from Mr. Dane. On the evening of the 27th of January, about six o’clock, it was quite dark, somebody came into the shop, and said, a man had stolen a watch, and thrown it down our area; I went into the area, and found a gold watch - I gave it to Mr. Dane.

WILLIAM NEWITT . I am a constable. The prisoner was brought into the watch-house; I took him in charge, his hands were bloody.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I heard the window break and I stopped; they took me.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 21.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 28th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1802 (prev. 0000), date of death: 26th December, 1841 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Penny-Lyn Beale on 28th June, 2020 made the following changes:


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