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John Peasley (1775–1828)

John Peasley/Peisley was sentenced to life transportation at the Surrey Assizes on 3 August 1801. He arrived in Sydney in August 1802 aboard the Perseus. His wife Elizabeth and daughter Ann were also on the ship.

Peasley was granted a beer licence in February 1811 and a conditional pardon on 29 February 1812. In 1814 he was living off stores at Parramatta and was supporting six children. He also had a daughter with Shepherdess Wright. He died at Parramatta on 14 February 1828.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Piesley, John
  • Peisley, John
  • Pasley, John
  • Peasley, William
  • Piesley, William
  • Peisley, William John
  • Pasley, William
  • Peasly, John
  • Peaseley, John

14 April, 1775
London, Middlesex, England


14 February, 1828 (aged 52)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: life