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Charles Astell

Charles Astell, one of 320 convicts transported on the Lord Lyndoch, 07 September 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Astell
Aliases: Charles Axtell
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Lord Lyndoch
Departure date: 7th September, 1840
Arrival date: 5th February, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 321 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 214. NSW & Tasmania, Convict Pardons (HO 10/61). The Proceedings of the Old Bailey (Ref.No. t18400511-1344). England & Wales, Criminal Register (Class: HO 26; Piece: 46; Page: 2). Linc (Record ID:NAME_INDEXES:518529, Resource: POL220/1/1 p265) & Description List (CON18-1-26)
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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Iris Dunne on 5th October, 2018 wrote:

Convict Pardons 1849-1851: Named Astell or Axtell - Charles

Description List: aged 23, Trade: Servant

Departure 29 August 1850 from Launceston, Tasmania to Adelaide on ship Queenstown - Status: Conditional Pardon

Criminal Register:- aged 23, Offence: Burglary simple, 15 years sentence

Convicted: 11 May 1840 - Old Bailey, London
Theft: burglary
1344. CHARLES ASTELL was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Augustus Parkes Fownes, about the hour of three in the night of the 20th of April, at St. Dunstan in the West, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 2 shirts, value 1l. 5s. 22 scarfs, value 10l.; 7 spoons, value 1l. 15s.; and 1 pair of sugar-tongs, value 10s.; the goods of the said Augustus Parkes Fownes and another.

AUGUSTUS PARKES FOWNES . I am a glover, and live at No. 27, Fleet-street, in the parish of St. Dunstan in the West. On the night of the 20th of April I went to bed about twelve o’clock—my servant, Joseph Morris, was the last person up in the house—I left my shop and house quite safe—Morris did not stop up above a minute or two after me—my servant awoke me in consequence of the police ringing the bell—I got up—it was between three and four o’clock—I sent the boy down to inquire what was the matter—he returned to me—I went down, and found the prisoner in my first-floor room, which is unfurnished—I found the silk scarf and spoons lying on the floor—the scarf had been in the shop the night before, and the spoons in the kitchen—the scarf belongs to myself and my brother Frederick, but he does not live in London—I am the only occupier of the house—the stock and business belongs to myself and brother—I found the doors down stairs broken open—he had come through the back dining-room window, got over the roof of a back shop, got in at the window, and opened the shop and street-doors—there is a private passage which runs between she houses, by which he could get to the back of the house and climb up a broken spout—the private passage leads from the street, and is open all night—it has merely a gate on the latch—he might then climb up the broken spout, and get on the roof of a low building, on to a back shop of mine, and then to the dining-room window, which I found open—it was down when I went to bed, but it might not be hasped—I am quite sure it was quite down at twelve o’clock the night before.

ROBERT HAY (City police-constable, No. 345.) About three o’clock on the morning in question, I was in Fleet-street—I heard a noise in Mr. fownes’s house, I went to the private passage, turned on my light, as the lamp in the passage is put out at eleven o’clock every night, and observed a piece of water-spout across the passage from one side to the other—I looked up at the opening, and concluded that somebody had gone to the back part of the house—I went to the street, and called my brother officer—he stood at the passage entry—I examined the house, and found all the doors fast—I thought the spout had fallen down, decayed, but in about twenty minutes I still thought I heard a noise in the house, and the door open, and the party fall back, and shut the door—I rang the bell—Mr. Fownes’s apprentice let me in—I went there, and found the prisoner in the room—the prisoner had opened the side-door, but, seeing me, went back, and shut the door—I found him in the house—I took him to the station-house, and found two shirts on his back, which Mr. Fownes Identified.

JOSEPH MORRIS . I was left up after my master went to bed—I did not open the dining-room window—I left it as it was when he went to bed—I did not see it myself, but I did nothing to it.

MR. FOWNES. re-examined. These shirts are my property—they were hanging up in the shop, and are shop goods—he had broken through a window, and got them, and dressed himself in them.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was in the house, but I was in such a state of intoxication that I do not know bow I got in; the prosecutor said at the office it was more like a frolic than a robbery.

MR. FOWNES re-examined. He was intoxicated, or pretended to be so—I certainly thought he was drunk, but the policeman said at the station-house that he was not—a candle was left burning, which burnt nearly through the wainscot.

ROBERT HAY re-examined. He pretended to be very drunk, but the inspector said he only shammed, and I thought so myself—he could walk perfectly well—he must have climbed about ten feet to get in.

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Transported for Fifteen Years.

Convict Changes History

Iris Dunne on 26th September, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: m

Iris Dunne on 5th October, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 214. NSW & Tasmania, Convict Pardons (HO 10/61). The Proceedings of the Old Bailey (Ref.No. t18400511-1344). England & Wales, Criminal Register (Class

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