Country Of Origin
Born 1810
Died 1846
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1810, at sea.
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship Thomas Maiston, Coventry, England (Watch Finisher)
Skills Watchmaker
Work Locations No record found working in his trade in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
Trial 9 July 1828, Warwick Quarter Sessions, Warwickshire
Sentence Seven years transportation housebreaking and burglary; stole one pair of silver and one pair of tortoiseshell spectacles.
Arrival 29 July 1828 on the convict ship, William Miles
Police Number 407
Convict Assignment
Other John Liddall faced court again in the new colony. He escaped death sentences by hanging in 1832 and 1844, with punishments changed to life sentences. Authorities recorded John as a ‘bad character’ on his conduct record. His many charges included stealing government property, cutting and wounding a fellow prisoner, absconding, and highway robbery while bushranging in its most aggravated form. Punishments included lashings, 100 for one incident and 75 for another, plus two years of hard labour in chains at Port Arthur.

John Liddall was transported to Norfolk Island, a place of exile for the worst offenders, and was hung on 3 November 1846 for the wilful murder of Henry Clarke.

Death 3 November 1846, Norfolk Island
Cause of death: Executed
TAHO: CON31/1/27, CON32/1/4, CON18/1/21.
Web: Founders and Survivors convict database; Ebook: The Sessional Papers printed by Order of the House of Lords or presented by Royal Command in the Session 1847.
Cornwall Chronicle 3 & 17 April 1844; The Examiner (Launceston) 24 April 1844.