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John Smith (1789–1870)

John Smith was originally sentenced to seven years transportation arriving in Sydney, aboard the Indian, as James Sidebottom in 1810. The 1812 Muster notes that he absconded from the service of Mrs Bunker, Parramatta. In 1814 he was again transported to Sydney for seven years for theft, as John Smith (along with two other John Smiths) aboard the General Hewitt, arriving in the colony in 1814.

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  • death notice, Newcastle Chronicle (NSW), 17 November 1870, p 2

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Sidebottom, James

Lancashire, England


13 November, 1870 (aged ~ 81)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years