Country Of Origin England
Born Approx. 1764-7
Died 1818
Birth/Baptism Approx. 1764-7
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker, Watch Chain Maker
Work Locations No record found working in his trade in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
Trial 22 February 1786, Central Criminal Court, London
Sentence Death sentence for highway robbery and assault, stealing 12 pair case silver watches and one bag the property of watch case maker Thomas Gibband. John was shown mercy at the jury and the prosecutor’s suggestion; the death sentence was reduced to seven years transportation in April 1786.
Arrival January 1788, New South Wales, on the Alexander, part of the First Fleet.

March 1790: Norfolk Island, on the Sirius.

17 January 1808, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), from Norfolk Island on the Porpoise.

Police Number
Convict Assignment
Ticket of Leave
Conditional Pardon
Other January 1787: Recorded at Newgate Prison in London as a ‘Capital convict respited.’

Transported to New South Wales, Australia, as part of the First Fleet.

1797: John Lockley and William Clark purchased 60 acres of Norfolk Island land from James Sheers.

September 1813: John received a 50-acre land grant in the Queenborough District, compensation for land relinquished at Norfolk Island.

February 1818: Fees due to be paid on John’s 50-acre land grant.

Death According to Reverend Knopwood’s diary entry of 16 April 1808, ‘Lockley was drowned at 5pm.’
TAHO: CSO1/1/177 File 4306.
Web: Old Bailey Online, Reference No. t17860222-24 1786.
Ancestry: United Kingdom Prison Commission Records 1787; Digital Panopticon, John Lockley; https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/lockley-john-31410 University of Tasmania, Diary of Robert Knopwood, Van Diemen’s Land, 1805-1808.
Hobart Town Gazette & Southern Reporter 14 February 1818.