John Small, convict (c.1761 - 1850)

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Birthplace: Birmingham, UK
Death: Died in Ryde, NSW, Australia
Occupation: Surgeon
Managed by: John Douglas McIsaac
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About John Small, convict

John Small was tried at Devon Lent Assizes, held at Exeter Castle on Monday 14th of March 1785 and sentenced at Exeter on the 14th of March 1786 for 7 years transportation, for feloniously assaulting James Burt in the King's Highway, putting him in "corporal fear and danger of his life" and feloniously and violently taking from him his watch and tortoishell case valued at 30s, one pruning knife valued a 6d and five shillings.

(facts from the records in the archives office of the library of NSW and the Mitchell Library).

John arrived on the First Fleet on the "Charlotte" a three masted bark with two decks.The ship was built in 1784 on the Thames River England and was 335 tons,105 feet long and 28 foot beam. It was converted to a ship rig by the East India Company for the transportation of convicts and it carried 88 male and 20 female convicts to Australia. John Small was one of the male convicts - he was accused of being a highwayman.

After its voyage to Botany Bay the "Charlotte" set off with its sister East India Company ships the "Lady Penrhyn" and "Scarborough" for China where once loaded with tea they returned to England.

He was apparently working at the hospital as is indicated by John Cobley in his report dated 3rd July 1788 when John was accused of drunkeness - a charge which was later dismissed for lack of evidence.

The next time John Small came to notice was when he and Mary Parker were married by banns by Richard Johnson,Chaplain on the 12th.October 1788 with Samuel Barnes and Thomas Akers as witnesses.

The newly married couple lived in a hut at Parramatta before John received his Land Grant at Eastern Farms in 1794. John had 30 acres of land, all cleared, 20 acres of which was cultivated.

He was a Protestant.

He was Freed by Servitude and appointed a constable from the beginning of 1809 and this appears that this position was of District Constable as he gave evidence at the inquest into the death of George Patfield later that year.

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John Small, convict's Timeline

November 30, 1761
Birmingham, UK
December 11, 1761
Birmingham, Warwickshire, UK
December 11, 1761
St. Martins Chur,Birmingham,England
December 11, 1761
St. Martins Chur,Birmingham,England
October 12, 1788
Age 26
Sydney, NSW, Australia
September 22, 1789
Age 27
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
December 13, 1791
Age 30
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
October 21, 1793
Age 31
Putney, New South Wales, Australia
December 14, 1796
Age 35
Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
July 7, 1799
Age 37
Nsw, Australia