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John Aldwell

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Aldwell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1786
Occupation: Baker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Limerick
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Canada
Departure date: 5th December, 1814
Arrival date: 5th August, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 161 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
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Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote:

Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
John Aldwell, age on arrival, 29,  per Canada (3) 1815, Tried Limerick Co., 1814, 7 years. DOB, 1786, native of Cavan. Baker.


Colonial Secretary Index.

ALDWELL, John. Per “Canada”, 1815
1815 Aug 15
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Canada” and “Francis and Eliza” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.141)


Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 wrote:

1828 Census Index.
John Allswell, age 39, F.S. Canada, 1815, 7 years, catholic, shepherd to Archibald Bell, St Helliers, Segenhoe district.


On Friday 19 May, 1829, John Aldwell gave evidence at the trial of William Reddall for the murder of John Heley at Hunter’s River in January 1829:

John Aldwell - I am assigned servant to Col. Dumaresq; I know the prisoner; he was a shepherd on the Estate of Colonel Dumaresq; Colonel Dumaresq’s shepherds are not in the habit of carrying tomahawks, except occasionally to cut bark; the prisoner was not in the habit of carrying one until about a month before Heley was missing; I have heard the prisoner say, that he would have Heley’s wife, whether he was allowed to live with her or not;  he said this three days before Heley was missing; he said it to me in my own hut. On the following Saturday, in the morning, I saw Heley and the prisoner going from the sheep-hurdles together; the prisoner had turned out Heley’s flock and his own, and as he was going along, Heley met him, and they went on together; this was about an hour after sunrise; I never saw Heley and the prisoner together after.
By the COURT - I never saw Heley alive after that.
By the prisoner - I never knew any quarrel between the prisoner and the deceased; prisoner said that he would have Heley’s wife, to me, but not in the presence of Heley.
By the JURY- Heley usually brought his own sheep back at night; he did not do so on the Saturday night I speak of.
Sydney Gazette, 21 Mar 1829.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 24th July, 2021 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry. (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Aldwell, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1786, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

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