John Lowe was born Awre in 1784 and worked as a ‘rough carpenter and navy squarer’ in the Blakeney area. On 26 Aug 1829, at the age of 44, he was sentenced to be transported for seven years for the theft of part of an oak tree from the Crown. He had a previous conviction resulting in three months in prison. After a spell on a hulk, Justitia at Woolwich he was transferred to the York 1 which set sail for New South Wales on 4 Sept 1830. On 28 January, during the journey, he became very ill on the journey with severe pain in the abdomen. The York arrived on 7 Feb 1831 and he was transferred to a hospital where he recovered.
He received his ticket of leave on 6 April 1835 and a certificate of freedom on 19 November 1839.