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John Aldridge

John Aldridge, one of 222 convicts transported on the Katherine Stewart Forbes, 21 February 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Aldridge
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1832
Age: 19 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Nottingham, Liberty of Southwell and Scrooby Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Katherine Stewart Forbes
Departure date: 21st February, 1832
Arrival date: 16th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 221 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 272
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

Dianne Jones on 8th March, 2021 wrote:

TRIED: He was tried on 2 July 1831 at Southwell and found guilty of stealing one snuff box, two rolls of tobacco and a parcel of tea. He had a previous conviction for a felony in 1830 for which he was jailed for 6 months and whipped (see England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892; England Nottinghamshire 1831 and 1830).

HULK: John Aldridge, 18, was received on the Cumberland Hulk, moored at Chatham, on 12 August 1831 (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849; Cumberland Register 1814-1833). He was single and his behaviour while on the hulk was described as “orderly”.

DEATH: John Aldridge never made it to Tasmania. He died during the voyage from England of “the cholera” (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-2$init=CON31-1-2p69).

Dianne Jones on 16th April, 2021 wrote:

Footnote: John Aldridge petitioned, unsuccessfully, against his sentence of transportation to VDL. Below is the summary record from the Native Archives:

“HO 17/128/150 ... Prisoner name: John Aldridge.

Prisoner age: 19.

Court and date of trial: Southwell [Nottinghamshire] Sessions July 1831.

Crime: Stealing snuff and tobacco.

Initial sentence: Transportation for 14 years.

Gaoler’s report: Bad character - convicted before.

Annotated (Outcome): This may be a case for the Penitentiary.

Petitioner(s): Prisoner; 20 inhabitants of Southwell; William Claye.

Grounds for clemency (Petition Details): Respectable connections; youth; distressed parents.

Additional Information: On board Cumberland hulk.

Date: 1831.” (see https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16907787).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 8th March, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Dianne Jones on 8th March, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1832 (prev. 0000), crime

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