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John Alexander Herbert (1767–1846)

John Alexander Herbert was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a silk handkerchief valued at one shilling. He arrived in Sydney in 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet. In 1790 he was sent to Norfolk Island on the HMS Sirius. He formed a relationship with Hannah Bolton and they had six children. A model prisoner he was allotted land from which he sold grain to stores. In the 1812 Muster he was noted as holding 12 acres, with 9 planted in grain. He had 72 sheep and 9 hogs.
John and two of his children, James (17) and Elizabeth (14), were evacuated to Van Diemens’s Land (Tasmania) in February 1813. They settled at Norfolk Plain (now Longford). John was granted 50 acres and James received an adjoining 60 acres. There is no evidence that John married.

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26 April, 1767
London, Middlesex, England


19 November, 1846 (aged 79)
Westbury, Tasmania, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years