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John French (c. 1788–1856)

John French (c.1788-1856), a farmer's man, was sentenced to 14 years transportation on 4 March 1820, at the Worcester Assizes, Worcestershire. He arrived at Sydney aboard the Elizabeth in December 1820. He was described as being 32 years old, 5 feet 6 inches (167.6 cms) tall, with a dark ruddy complexion, black hair, and hazel eyes.

In 1825 French was working as a government servant for William Howe at Campbelltown. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1828.

John French died on 22 October 1856 at Kurrajong, New South Wales. An inquest into his death found that he died from dysentery brought on by an excessive amount of drinking.

* information from Biographical Database of Australia —

Additional Resources

  • inquest, Sydney Morning Herald, 31 October 1856, p 2

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1788
Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England


21 October, 1856 (aged ~ 68)
Kurrajong, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Worcestshire
Trial Date: 4 March 1820


Occupation: farm labourer