Prisoner John MORAN

Moran, John

The NLA mounted carte-de-visite is a print from Nevin’s original capture which was acquired by the NLA from the QVMAG ca. 1985 for an exhibition (McPhee, personal communication). The original uncut sepia print was cleaned of scratches and cracks, and re-photographed as a black and white print by Chris Long at the QVMAG in 1985 for reasons known only to himself since they serve no purpose. The original print taken from Nevin’s glass negative of the 1870s was removed from the prisoner’s Hobart Gaol rap sheet and collated into one of three panels, forty (40) in all, by convictaria collector John Watt Beattie and advertised for sale in his catalogue, 1916. Both the original 1874 print and the 1980s reproduction are held at the QVMAG:

John Moran QVMAG 1985_P_0163


From being “enlarged” on a ticket-of-leave in January, 1874, John Moran was in and out of Hobart Gaol on a regular basis. He was photographed by Nevin on discharge on 6th February 1874, and this photo of him circulated with the warrant on 26th October 1875.

Ticket of leave granted 30th January, 1874

Discharged 6th February, 1874

Discharged 4th August 1875

Arrested 26th October, 1875

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Discharged 27th October 1875

Warrant for arrest 26th November, 1875

Convicted 4th December, 1875

Incomplete documentation. There were more arrests and discharges in 1876.

Source: Tasmania Reports on Crime For Police Information 1871-1875 J. Barnard, Gov’t Printer.

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