John SWADLING, convict to Sydney, NSW
John arrived in Sydney via Hercules in 1832, aged 14. He had been convicted at the Old Bailey in London for stealing a handkerchief.
In 1842 he married Mary Ann BAKER, a convict via Henry Wellesley in 1836. She was convicted of stealing a pair of shoes. Both were sentenced to seven years tranportation.
John and Mary Ann had seven children in Sydney: John, Thomas, James, Emma, Edward, Mary Ann, and Martha. John ran a successful blacksmithing business in Sydney until his death in 1858, aged about 40. Mary Ann lived until 1890.