John Henry JOBSON , 18081885 (aged 77 years)

Convict uniform as punishment
John Henry /JOBSON/
Given names
John Henry

In an email from Denise Mason she advises that John was born in Essex, yet the Pre 1860 Pioneer Register shows him being born in Woolwich, Kent in 1816.


In the Convict Names of the Port Jackson Anthology, it is shown that he was 31 years old when he arrived in Australia. This would have him born about 1807.


It appears that John and his brother-in-law John Challis were involved in the same offence. John Challis was convicted along with John and also was transported with John on the "Earl Grey"(2).


It seems that John and five other convicts were to be re-assigned from Paterson, to be in the service of Miss Isabella Kelly of Mount George, but there was no guide available to direct their travels. They were to be returned to the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney.

Number of children

3 sons and 1 daughter


John had been transported as a convict to Australia in 1838 on the 'Earl Grey'. He was convicted at the Essex Quarter Sessions on 2nd January 1838 for stealing ducks and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He received his pardon around 1846.


In an email of 14 May 2017 from Bob Vial

"G,Day Stuart. it has been some time since I contacted you and have found some interesting things out about this mob. It would appear there were a few convicts in this family apart from my GGGGrandfather William Alfred Jobson. I have found that he also had two first cousins who were also sent to Tasmania. They were Sarah and Stephen Jobson.
Sarah was given 15 years for burning down a hay stack belonging to her employer. She was a nursemaid and just 15 at the time. Her age did not deter the judge from giving her 15 years. She was sent to the Cascade Female factory. She had a child William in 1849 but he died in the Brickfields Hiring depot aged just 4 months. Although she married twice she never had any more children.
Stephen was a bit of a lad and had been gaoled a couple of times for poaching and larceny as a servant. He was finally given 10 years for stealing ten chicken's from a John Stubbing in 1844. His accomplice in this enterprise was none other than 17 yr old Alfred Jobson who received 3 months hard labour. Stephen married in Tasmania to another convict Ann Rutherford and they had 1 daughter. Stephen died or left because his wife re-married and stated she was a widow on the marriage certificate. I recall you asking whether I was related to the Jobson family around Port Macquarie. Well I believe that John Henry Jobson was the eldest brother of both Sarah and Stephen who were the first cousins to my GGGGrandfather William Alfred Jobson. The John Challis would have been most likely related to the mother of William Jobson as her maiden name was Susannah CHALLIS. It seems they all kicked on to become fairly successful people.
Now a question. Where is Dog Trap as this was where John was assigned. I assume it is in the Port Macquarie area as he gained his Ticket of leave 13. December 1843 from this district. There is also a record of him from 13. December 1845 against Convict indulgences. This mean't he could work for himself.

I look forward to hearing rom you

Cheers Bob Vial"