Country Of Origin Ireland
Born 1821
Died 1877
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1821, County Leitrim, Ireland
Parents James and Ann Stewart
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker
Work Locations Hobart, Launceston, Oatlands
Street Address
Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Trial 29 July 1841, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
21 August 1846, Launceston Quarter Sessions.
3 June 1856, Supreme Court, Hobart.
29 April 1859, Supreme Court, Oatlands.
Sentence 1841: Seven years transportation for stealing a watch.
1846: Twelve months gaol and hard labour at Port Arthur and ticket of leave revoked for pawning a watch.
1856: Twelve months gaol with hard labour for two charges of illegally pawning watches.
1859: Two years gaol with hard labour for stealing one musical box.
Arrival 4 March 1842 on the convict ship, Richard Webb
Police Number 4450
Convict Assignment David Heckscher, watchmaker, Hobart.
Charles Brentani, watchmaker, Launceston.
Ticket of Leave November 1845, revoked September 1846.
Conditional Pardon
Other 1841: Held at Kilmainham Prison, Dublin, for a month before transportation.

Probation period: One year at Rocky Hills, near Swansea.
1843: Assigned to David Heckscher, watchmaker, Elizabeth Street, Hobart.
1845: Assigned to Charles Brentani, watchmaker, Launceston.
1846: At Port Arthur, and in 1848, Impression Bay.
1 August 1848: Free Certificate
1849: Employer, Ellis Casper, watchmaker, Hobart.

The Hobart Town Advertiser 9 June 1856:
Supreme Court, Criminal Settings, Before His Honor, Valentine Fleming Esq. Chief-Justice.
‘… the following sentenced were passed by the Chief Justice upon prisoners previously convicted. John Stewart, for pawning a watch, the property of C R Smales, was placed at the bar. The Chief Justice remarked that he had referred to the police character of the prisoner, and said he had a monomania for watch pawning. He was transported in the first instance in 1842 for watch stealing, and subsequently sentenced for similar offences. By the law at present, he could only imprison him for 12 months, but at the same time he was authorised to impose a fine, and as he had no hope that the prisoner would set down quietly to his trade, he should sentence him to 12 months hard labour in the house of correction; but to detain him longer in confinement, he should impose a £25 fine, to be paid to the crown.’

Approx. 1858-1859: Worked in his trade at Oatlands.

The Courier, 16 April 1859 Petty Sessions, Oatlands.
Regarding John Stewart, titled ‘A Watchmaker In Trouble,’ John was described as ‘a miserable looking lame man, by trade a watchmaker, was brought before the Bench upon the charge of fraudulently converting to his own use a silver watch belonging to Mr William Barwick of the Midland Hotel….’
Several similar scenarios in the district were reported.

30 June 1874: Admitted to Cascades Invalid Depot from Port Arthur.
1 July 1874: Discharged from the Invalid Depot at his own request.

Death 20 September 1877, Cascades Invalid Depot, Hobart, recorded as a pauper, born in Ireland.
Cause of death: Bronchitis
TAHO: CON33/1/18, CON37/1/9, CON27/1/9, CON18/1/29, CON14/1/11, SC32/1/7 1856; Paupers & Invalids no. pi1706500, House of Assembly Paper no. 128 1870 [John Stuart], POL709/1/11 1874 [John Stuart], RGD33/1/9 no763 Death 1877.
Web: Findmypast: Irish Prison Register 1841, Founders & Survivors convict database.
Cornwall Chronicle 22 August 1846, 19 August 1848; The Courier Hobart 9 June 1856, 16 April 1859; The Examiner (Launceston) 3 May 1859.