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Richard Appletree

Richard Appletree, one of 311 convicts transported on the Barwell, September 1797

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Appletree
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: Porter
Date of Death: 1842
Age: 70 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Coining
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Barwell
Departure date: September, 1797
Arrival date: 18th May, 1798
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 306 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 231 (116)
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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Mary Spredbury on 17th February, 2014 wrote:

Tried at the Old Bailey London June 1796.

D Wong on 18th February, 2014 wrote:

Richard Appletree was 24 years old when tried at the Old Bailey.  He was tried along with his wife, Elizabeth, his mother-in-law Elizabeth Padget, James Brown and Daniel Reynolds.  All were found not guilty except for Richard who was sentenced to death.

Reading the trial papers it seems Richard had 2 children.

1/1/1802: Richard was a Constable at Norfolk Island and was on the Victualling List.

State Library:
Autograph letter signed by Richard Appletree to his brothers, sisters and children. He writes about Norfolk Island being vacated and his concern he will not be paid for his house and farm. He writes how his pardon was granted by Colonel Foveaux and signed by Colonel Paterson. He also mentions Governor Bligh’s arrest.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
APPLETREE, Richard. Per “Barwell”, 1798
1810: Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 163; 4/1846 p.4)
1810 Jul 3: To William Broughton re ticket of leave issued to Appletree (Reel 6002; 4/3490C p.110)
On list of convicts who have received absolute pardons [Feb 1812] (Fiche 3292; 4/6974.1 p.77)

1812 Oct 24: Appointed constable in Sydney (Reel 6038; SZ758 p.321)
1813 Sep 18: Dismissed (Reel 6038; SZ758 p.416)
1814 Jun 30: Of Sydney; former Norfolk Island settler. On list of persons to receive grants of land in 1814 (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.17)

3/6/1809: Free Pardon - cancelled
29/2/1812: Free Pardon

1822-1836: Granted 40 acres of land at Appin.

Permission to Marry:
24/11/1830: Eliza Kelly (Lady Rowena) aged 44 had a TOL, Richard was 56 and they married in 1830 at St James, Sydney.

3/5/1833: Mary Keating (Southworth) aged 24, bond - Richard was 60.  No record on the NSW BDM

No children listed for Richard NSW BDM.

Convict Changes History

Mary Spredbury on 17th February, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1842 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 18th February, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

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