John Cadman (convict)

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John Cadman
Born 1772
Died 12 November 1848
Sydney, Australia
Residence The Rocks
Occupation Superintendent of Government Boats
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Mortimer

John Cadman (1772 – 12 November 1848) worked as a publican in England, before becoming a convict and being transported to Australia.

Outline of life[edit]

On 9 December 1797( Cannot occur after Transportation !), Cadman was sentenced to transportation for life at the Worcester assizes, after being arrested at Bewdley on the charge of stealing a horse.[1] Cadman was transported aboard the Barwell, which left Portsmouth, 7 November 1797 and reached Sydney, 18 May 1798.[2]

In 1809, Cadman became the coxswain of a government boat. Whilst in the service of the Government as a coxswain, he lost an eye. Cadman received a conditional pardon from Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1814[3] and a free pardon in 1821.[4] Cadman became the master of the Cutter "Mars" in 1825, which took 25 prisoners to Newcastle.[4] He was then promoted to the position of Superintendent of Government Boats at Sydney in 1827 on a salary of £91, until he retired in 1845. When that position of office was abolished in 1845, Governor Sir George Gipps recommended 'his great respectability' and arranged for him to be paid a retiring gratuity of £182.[1]

Cadmans Cottage

Since 1816 Cadman had occupied a rough stone cottage at The Rocks.[1] Cadmans Cottage still stands today and is Australia's oldest surviving house within the city of Sydney. 5,6 Jan 1818, Cadman received government permission to marry at Sydney.[4] On 26 October 1830 John married Elizabeth Mortimer.[1]

Cadman died on 12 November 1848 and was survived by Elizabeth Mortimer and her two daughters from a previous alliance. Cadman was buried in the old Devonshire Street Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Dictionary of Biography, online Edition. Cadman, John (1772–1848)
  2. ^ Ozships: Australian Shipping on the net
  3. ^ State Records of New South Wales Petition of John Cadman to Governor Lachlan Macquarie, 1821.
  4. ^ a b c Colonial Secretary Index, 1788–1825 CADMAN, John. Per "Barwell", 1798.