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Henry Upjohn (1785–1862)

Henry Upjohn, a gardener, was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a sack of wheat. He arrived in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in 1826 aboard the Woodford. According to the ship's indent he was 5 feet 8½ inches (174 cms) tall, with brown eyes and brown hair.

In 1830 he was assigned to John Archer as a servant. He was soon charged with gross insolence, threatening the life of his overseer and absconding from Archer's premises. He was transported to Maria Island to serve two years in irons. In October 1832 he served seven days solitary confinement for drunkenness. In November his original sentence was extended for one year for assaulting his master and it was recommended he be returned to the government. In March 1838 he was sentenced to 25 lashes for being absent without leave. In April he received the same sentence for the same offence. In January 1834 he was reprimanded for using abusive language. He was freed on 9 March 1834.

By 1857 he was living in Ballarat, Victoria.

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Shaftesbury, Dorset, England


16 January, 1862 (aged ~ 77)
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: unknown
Trial Date: 1825