Name John BARKER
Country Of Origin England
Born 1796
Died unknown
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1796, Warrington, England
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker
Work Locations Hobart
Street Address
Corner Melville & Elizabeth Streets, Hobart (Alexander Morrison)
Trial 18 May 1829, Lancaster Quarter Sessions, Lancashire, England
Sentence Transportation for life for stealing (not his first sentence, previously served a four-year sentence in Bermuda)
Arrival 14 December 1829, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the convict ship, Surrey (2).
The surgeon report for John stated he was a well-behaved, clever man.
Police Number 1231
Convict Assignment Alexander Morrison, Hobart
Ticket of Leave
Conditional Pardon
Other Other skills: Gunsmith.

John received additional colonial sentences resulting in transportation to Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on the remote west coast of Van Diemen’s Land.
In 1834, he was part of a convict group to ‘piratically seize’ the brig Frederick and travel to South America.

John subsequently lived under the alias of Benjamin Smith in Chile.

Death unknown
Simon Barnard, A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land, 2014.
TAHO: CON27/1/4, CON31/1/1, CON18/1/19, CON23/1/1.
Colonial Times 10 September 1830, 1 March 1831; Hobart Town Courier 2 July 1831, 13 August 1831, 7 February 1834.