Country Of Origin England
Born 1805
Died 1861
Birth/ Baptism Born approx. 1805, England
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Clockmaker, Watchmaker
Work Locations Hobart
Street Address
Melville Street, Hobart
Marriage/Spouse 19 July 1852, Trinity Church, Hobart, to Ann Merritt (d. 11 August 1853).
Other June 1852: Permission was granted for John to marry convict and widow Ann Merritt (per ship Emma Eugenia). Ann had been sentenced to death in March 1850 in England for poisoning her husband with arsenic; the sentence was commuted to transportation for life due to a good character recommendation.

1850s: John worked in his trade in Hobart and resided in Melville Street.
January 1855: Placed a wanted ad in the newspaper for a competent master printer for the position of ‘Pressman’.
September 1856: An elderly man stole one silver watch worth 10 shillings from Mr Shipley’s shop in Melville Street.

Colonial Times 22 October 1856:
‘The Weather. Since Sunday the town has been visited with drenching showers of rain, accompanied with very high wind. Mount Wellington at the present time being covered with snow. Owing to the prevalence of the wind several mishaps have occurred … On Tuesday the address board of Mr Shipley, the watchmaker, of Melville Street, was blown from the front of the shop, which struck against his window, breaking one of the panes of glass, but fortunately none of the watches were damaged hanging in the window.’

September 1860: John Shipley of Melville Street was assaulted and robbed of a watch and money; the offender was armed with a pistol.

August 1861: John bequeathed his property to the Benevolent Society. Watchmakers and the trade were invited to view his stock, for private sale, at the Benevolent Society Depot.

Death 10 August 1861, at his residence, Melville Street, Hobart
TAHO: CON52/1/3 1952, RGD37/1/11 no546 Marriage 1852, RGD35/1/4 no321 Death 1853, RGD35/1/6 no2921 Death 1861, AD960/1/5 Will No. 915.
Web: Old Bailey Online, Ref. t18500304-599, 4 March 1850.
Colonial Times 5 September 1854, 22 October 1856; Tasmanian Daily News 8 September 1856; Hobart Town Daily Mercury 18 June 1860; The Mercury (Hobart) 5 September 1860; The Examiner (Launceston) 13 August 1861; Hobart Town Advertiser 27 April 1853, 17 January 1855 [Shiplay], 22 August 1861.