John Ryan (c.1764- ?)

John Ryan may be one of St John’s First Fleeters, but further research must be completed to disentangle the many convicts who went by this name in the early years of the colony. Ryan, convicted at the Old Bailey for stealing clothing, was originally transported to America per Mercury (1784), but the convicts on board mutinied. He was subsequently transported as a convict on the First Fleet ship Friendship (1788).


  • Alias: John Bryant


  • Convict, Mercury, 1784
  • Convict, Dunkirk(late June 1784 – 11 March 1787)
  • Convict, Friendship, (11 March 1787 – 26 January 1788)


  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989), p.320.
  • 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 (1784)

# Mutineer

# Hulk: Dunkirk

# Ship: Friendship (1788)

# Burial year: 1815

# Grave: unmarked