Attention Internet Explorer User

Your web browser has been identified as Internet Explorer .

In the coming months this site is going to be updated to improve security, accessibility and mobile experience. Older versions of Internet Explorer do not provide the functionality required for these changes and as such your browser will no longer be supported as of September 2020. If you require continued access to this site then you will need to install a different browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Bryant, John (1757–1789)

John Bryant (c.1757-1789) was found guilty on 14 March 1785 in Exeter, Devon, of highway robbery and the theft of a silver watch, other goods and 23 shillings 6 pence. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk until he embarked on the Charlotte in March 1787 for New South Wales, arriving in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Bryant married Ann Coombes on 17 February 1788. The couple was sent to Norfolk Island on the Golden Grove in October 1788. There he informed authorities about a plot to take the commandant and the marines captive. On 28 July 1789 he was killed by a falling tree.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 56

Citation details

'Bryant, John (1757–1789)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 September 2020.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]




28 July 1789
Norfolk Island, Australia

Cause of Death


Cultural Heritage
Religious Influence
Passenger Ship
Key Events
Key Places