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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Juvenile (15) - Fit of rage
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: March 11, 1844
Date of birth: 1829
Victim profile: George Pollard, 15 (his employer's son)
Method of murder: Beating with an axe
Location: Western Australia, Australia
Status: Executed by hanging in Fremantle on April 6, 1844

John Gaven (1829-6 April 1844) was the first European settler to be legally executed in Western Australia. He was executed for murder at the age of fifteen.

Born in 1829, John Gavin was convicted of an offence while still a juvenile, and was transported to Western Australia as a Parkhurst apprentice, arriving on board the Shepherd in October 1843.

On 3 April 1844, he was tried for the murder of his employer's son, 15-year-old George Pollard. He confessed to killing the sleeping victim with an axe in a fit of rage.

Three days later he was publicly hanged outside the Round House in Fremantle and buried in the sand hills to the south without ceremony.


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