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John Simons (1787–1829)

John Symonds, a turner and lamp maker, was sentenced to seven years transportation for grand larceny. He arrived in Sydney in 1815 aboard the Marquis of Wellington. He was sent to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). According to the ship's indent he was 5 feet 6 inches tall; had a fair, pale complexion; sandy hair  and hazel eyes. His certificate of freedom was issued on 4 March 1819. He married Mary Walford on 3 June 1819. By 1826 the couple were living in Sydney where Symonds (now known as Simons) worked as a publican.

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Alternative Names
  • Symonds, John
  • Simonds, John
  • Simmonds, John

December, 1787
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England


1 August, 1829 (aged 41)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years