John Frost

John Frost (1784-1877) was a Monmouthshire draper and alderman who from 1816 advocated a program of parliamentary reform, anticipating the Six Points of the People’s Charter. After the British Parliament rejected the Chartists' petition in 1839, he opted for physical force, leading an armed protest. He was transported to Van Diemen’s Land, later pardoned and allowed to return home.


30 June 1840

British Chartists transported for political activities

John Frost, a Chartist who was involved with a rebellion in Newport in Monmouthshire, England, arrives in Hobart after being sentenced to transportation for his part in the uprising. Chartism flourishes in Britain between 1837 and 1848, advocating universal suffrage, secret ballots, and other democratic reforms outlined in the People’s Charter written in 1838. Frost and his fellow Chartists’ revolutionary ideas take root in the Victorian goldfields, and subsequently influence the drafting of the first constitutions in the colonies.


Thomas Muir. Published as the Act directs by J.S. Jordan, July 15, 1795.