Country Of Origin England
Born 1825
Died 1856
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1825, Lymington, Hampshire, England
Parents William and Elizabeth Richman
Apprenticeship Three years of watchmaking training, England
Skills Watchmaker, Watch Chain Maker
Work Locations Hobart, Launceston
Street Address
Liverpool Street, Hobart
Trial 17 April 1844, Newport, Isle of Wight Quarter Sessions,
5 March 1850, Hobart Town
Sentence 1844: Seven years transportation for stealing watches from his employer, jeweller Mr Harry Shaw.
1850: Transportation for life for uttering and offering a forged order with the intent to defraud.
Arrival 15 November 1844 on the convict ship, Lord Auckland (1)
Police Number 14606
Convict Assignment Possibly, William Lloyd Jones, watchmaker of Launceston, and Thomas Hamilton, Hobart.
Ticket of Leave 5 December 1848
Conditional Pardon
Other 11 November 1843 Hampshire Independent:
‘At the Borough Court, Thursday last, before A Clarke Eq., John Richman, a very respectable young man, belonging to Lymington, but lately serving as an assistant in the jeweller’s shop of Mr Harry Shaw, late of Lymington, was charged with felony. The Court table covered with watches, spoons, brooches, pins, ornamental china, and other articles of bijouterie, which the the prisoner was charged with stealing from his employer. Remanded until Monday. The prisoner’s brother, William Richman was charged as an accomplice, and also remanded until Monday.
(Charges against William were acquitted).On arrival in Van Diemen’s Land, John was recorded as a watchmaker with three years of experience, missing four left fingers and part of the left thumb.

1847: Appointed as a Constable for a short period.
1847-1848: Misconduct recorded on conduct record with imprisonment and hard labour as punishments.
1849: Noted on convict record, recommended that John was not to reside in Hobart Town.

November 1849: Assigned to Jones, Launceston, likely the watchmaker William Lloyd Jones.
1850: Sentenced to transportation for life and sent briefly to Port Arthur, then Norfolk Island.
1852: At Port Arthur and Impression Bay.

1853: Assigned to Hamilton, Liverpool Street, Hobart, likely the watchmaker Thomas Hamilton.
April 1854: New Norfolk Lunatic Asylum

Death 6 February 1856, New Norfolk, recorded as a 30-year-old labourer.
Cause of death: Injuries from a stack of sawn timber accidentally falling on him.
TAHO: CON33/1/61, CON52/1/3 1849, CON14/1/30, CON18/1/38, RGD35/1/26 no578 Death [John Rickman], SC195/1/38 1856 [John Rickman].
Web: Ancestry: 1841 England Census; Australia Convict Records Index 1844; England & Wales Criminal Register 1844.
Hampshire Independent 20 April 1844 [British Newspaper Archive]; Colonial Times 8 March 1850.