John Rice committed the crime of break, enter and steal. He was tried at Exeter Devon on 18 July 1785, receiving a death which was later commuted to 7 years transportation. John arrived in NSW aboard the Charlotte in 1788.
John soon found himself on Norfolk Island travelling as a member of the first landing party to establish a settlement on the Island, arriving aboard HM Supply in Mar 1788. In July 1791 John Rice was one of the many convicts who had been given a small lot at Sydney Town. John Rice (Emancipist) settled on Norfolk Island 8 Dec 1791 and was on stores to 1794.
Lot 31 on Norfolk Island was the 10 acres of land that John Rice leased from 8 Dec 1791 which today is just north of KAVHA , along Rooty Hill Road at 10 shillings per year. John Rice was appointed as a member of the Night Watch at Grenville Vale in December 1796.
There is a labourer John Rice from sentence expired, off stores on Norfolk Island in Feb 1805, there is known evidence that this is John Rice of the Charlotte 1788 or maybe another John Rice.
 AJCP, TNA, CO201/9/27b.
 Norfolk Island Victualling Book, 1792-1796, ML A1958, p.19a.
 Colonial Secretary Papers, 1788 – 1825, SANSW, Fiche 3267, 9/2731 pp.46 and 78.