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Item: 33232
Surname: Grant
First Name: John
Ship: Coromandel 1804
Date: 1808
Place: Newcastle
Source: -
Details: Chaplain at Newcastle


 
Item: 33233
Surname: Grant
First Name: John
Ship: Coromandel 1804
Date: 1810 26 October
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: Requesting return of his trunks from the Stores at Newcastle


 
Item: 102308
Surname: Grant
First Name: John
Ship: Coromandel 1804
Date: -
Place: -
Source: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms737
Details: Manuscript papers of John Grant. John Grant was born in 1776 in Buckinghamshire, England and educated at Christs Hospital. Grant was sentenced to death for firing at a family solicitor who frustrated his attempts to woo the daughter of Lord Dudley and Ward. After a petition by his sister to the daughters of George III, he was reprieved and sent to New South Wales for life. Grant was transported on the Coromandel and arrived in Sydney in May 1804. Although he was in many ways a privileged convict on ticket-of-leave, Grant was influenced by Sir Henry Browne Hays and in May 1805 expressed public criticism of Governor King, his officials and the convict system. Grants refusal to retract his views led to five years hard labour in Norfolk Island and Phillip Island in Van Diemens Land, which reduced him almost to death. Grant returned to Sydney upon completion of his sentence in 1808 and obtained a post as chaplain in Newcastle. He was later granted a full pardon by Macquarie and sailed to England in 1811 in the Spring Grove.


 
Item: 162602
Surname: Grant
First Name: John
Ship: Coromandel 1804
Date: 25 May 1803
Place: England
Source: The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online
Details: Age 27. Received a sentence of 'Death' after being found guilty of unlawfully and feloniously shooting at Spencer George Townsend on 15th April 1803 with a certain pistol. Spencer George Townsend was a solicitor of St. James Place and had refused to introduce John Grant to a Miss Ward of whom Grant was enamoured


 
Item: 162603
Surname: Grant
First Name: John
Ship: Coromandel 1804
Date: 19 May 1805
Place: -
Source: SG
Details: BENCH of MAGISTRATES. SATURDAY. MAY 18, John Grant a Convict lately emancipated, appeared before the Bench, and and was called upon to avow 0r to disclaim several letters to which his signature was affixed, that had been addressed to His EXCELLENCY and the JUDGE ADVOCATE, the contents of which were highly seditious and inflammatory. The prisoner declared all the letters produced to have been written by himself, and should not therefore avail himself of the opportunity afforded him to retract from any particle of their contents. The Bench pathetically expressed their concern, that a man whose talents if properly applied might have obtained respect in society, should by so gross an application reduce, him to his present circumstances, which were still aggravated by his indecorous present conduct, that provoked the necessity of his being taken out of Court. After examining the letters written by the prisoner, and now acknowledged to have been so, he was again called in, when the sentence of the Court was pronounced by the Judge Advocate, reprobating a conduct that was manifestly of tendency the most absurd but not least dangerous in civil society, and at the same time pointing out the necessity of repressing the breathings of a licentious spirit, when they become offensive to the Law commanding, finally, that the prisoner be held to hard labour for the Crown during a term of five years


 
Item: 162604
Surname: Grant
First Name: John
Ship: Coromandel 1804
Date: 25 June 1809
Place: -
Source: SG
Details: Notice - Any persons having claims on Mr. John Grant who arrived in the Colony in 1804, in the ship Coromandel, are requested to present the same immediately


 
Item: 162605
Surname: Grant
First Name: John
Ship: Coromandel 1804
Date: -
Place: -
Source: -
Details: John Grant brought the first harpsichord to Australia - Read more about his life at harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson's site http://www.elizabethanderson.org/grant.html


 
Item: 162606
Surname: Grant
First Name: John
Ship: Coromandel 1804
Date: -
Place: -
Source: Australia Trove
Details: The Papers of John Grant - This collection consists chiefly of letters by Grant to his mother and sister in England, 1803-1810, and a journal, Jan. 1805 - March 1810, written in French and transcribed and translated by W.S. Hill-Reid, Yvonne Cramer and others. The letters and journal contain detailed accounts of Grant's experiences in the colony and descriptions of the people and places he encountered, including Simeon Lord, John Palmer, Governor Bligh, and Vaucluse House. http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/21205109?q=subject%3A%22Convicts+-+Norfolk+Island+-+Archives.%22&c=collection


 
Item: 162607
Surname: Grant
First Name: John
Ship: Coromandel 1804
Date: 1805
Place: -
Source: Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
Details: ......In May 1805 John Grant wrote attacking Governor Philip Gidley King for his lack of justice and was deported to Norfolk Island next month. With (Sir Henry Browne) Hayes, who joined him briefly in exile on the island that year, he made an abortive attempt to escape, but it was for his outspoken criticism of Captain John Piper that, after other drastic punishments failed to curb him, he was finally banished to the uninhabited neighbouring Phillip Island. Here, after four months of isolation and near starvation, he broke down physically and mentally, and was brought back to Norfolk Island. He was returned to Sydney in 1808 completely subdued and with his health restored; for a period he obtained a post as chaplain in Newcastle..........



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