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John Wheeler (1769–1838)

John Wheeler, a carpenter, was found guilty, on 14 September 1791 at the Old Bailey, of feloniously stealing 28 yards of printed calico, value 46 shillings, from a shop. Sentenced to seven years transportation he arrived at Sydney in November 1792 aboard the Kitty. He was described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, with light brown hair and a fair complexion. His wife Sarah was also on the ship.

With his wife and two children, Wheeler was sent to Norfolk Island on the Philadelphia in December 1792. His sentence having expired in 1798 Wheeler was recorded in 1805 as an overseer. He departed the island in March 1809 with his wife and child for Sydney. Soon after he was living with Susannah Huffnell. His occupation was listed as constable. Following Susannah's death in 1814 he began a relationship with his sister-in-law Jane Wheeler in about 1824.

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15 June, 1769
London, Middlesex, England


26 September, 1838 (aged 69)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years