John Ryan (c.1765-1815)

John Ryan is one of St John’s First Fleeters. Ryan, convicted at the Old Bailey for stealing clothing, was originally transported per Mercury, but the convicts on board mutinied. He was subsequently transported as a convict on the First Fleet ship Friendship (1788). He died, aged 50, on 2 March 1815 and was buried the following day, 3 March 1815. His grave is unmarked, therefore its exact location in the cemetery is unknown.

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


  • Convict Friendship (1788)


  • Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Ron Withington, Dispatched Downunder: Tracing the Resting Places of the First Fleeters, (Woolloomooloo, The Fellowship of First Fleeters, 2013), p.441


# First Fleet

# Convict

# Ship: Mercury

# Ship: Friendship (1788)

# Burial year: 1815

# Grave: unmarked