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John Eli Goodyer (1823–1908)

John Eli Goodyer was sentenced to life transportation for highway robbery. He arrived in Tasmania in 1839 aboard the Egyptian. He was described as being 5 feet 3 inches (160 cms) tall, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and had a freckled scar on his right arm. His occupation was farm labourer. His age at arrival was given as 17. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1847 and a conditional pardon in 1851. He had married Susanna Chapman in 1846.

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11 April, 1823
Bedworth, Warwickshire, England


25 May, 1908 (aged 85)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life