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John Atkinson (c. 1812–?)

John Atkinson, a bricklayer, was found guilty on 3 January 1833 at York, Yorkshire, of stealing various articles. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Moffatt in May 1834. He had been convicted six times previously including for vagrancy, stealing cloth, for suspicion of a felony and for robbing a man of a £5 note. The ship's surgeon reported that he behaved well during the journey. Atkinson was described as being 22 years of age, 5 feet 5 inches (165 cms) tall, with a fresh complexion, brown hair, and dark hazel eyes.

Atkinson was granted a ticket of leave on 13 November 1838 and a free certificate in 1840. He had a daughter with Jean/Jane Cooper in 1839.

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'Atkinson, John (c. 1812–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 July 2024.

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c. 1812
Wakefield, Yorkshire, England

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Yorkshire
Trial Date: 3 January 1833


Occupation: bricklayer


Children: Yes (1)