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John Guest (1809–1875)

John Guest was sentenced to seven years transportation after being court martialled for desertion. He arrived in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in 1834 aboard the Moffatt. He was described as being a labourer, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a fresh complexion, small head, red hair, low forehead, hazel eyes, small nose and large chin. He was issued a free certificate in 1840. He married Hannah Lowe in 1842. They moved to Melbourne in August 1852.

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Life Summary [details]


25 June, 1809
Burslem, Staffordshire, England


14 April, 1875 (aged 65)
Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

horse-drawn vehicle accident

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Convict Record

Crime: court martial
Sentence: 7 years