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John Gibson (c. 1773–1839)

John Gibson (c.1773-1839) was found guilty on 24 April 1788 at the Circuit Court of Justiciary, Glasgow, Scotland, of theft. Sentenced to life transportation he arrived at Sydney aboard the Pitt in 1792 and was sent on to Norfolk Island. He had received a conditional pardon by 1801. It is believed that he may have formed a common law marriage with Ann Coombes, whose husband died on Norfolk Island in 1789. Gibson and Coombes both left the island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the City of Edinburgh in 1807 and Ann is shown in the 1818 and 1819 musters as living at Clarence Plains where Gibson had a 100 acre farm.

John Gibson died on 1 January 1839; his age was given as 71; the cause of death was described as 'decay of nature'.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1773
Lanarkshire, Scotland


1 January, 1839 (aged ~ 66)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life