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John Atkinson

John Atkinson, one of 160 convicts transported on the Royal George, 22 August 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Atkinson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1791
Occupation: Shopkeeper
Date of Death: 12th April, 1832
Age: 41 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal George
Departure date: 22nd August, 1828
Arrival date: 24th December, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 469 (236)
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 3rd July, 2020 wrote:

John Atkinson.
Date of Birth 1791.
Date of Death: 12/07/1832. Newcastle
Ship: Royal George.
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
Bound Indentures1827-1828

Place of Conviction: London
Estimated birth year: abt 1791

Age 37. Read & Write. Shop Keeper Offence; Swindling
5 Ft 9 1 1/2 inches. Ruddy, Dark Brown: Hair Light Brown: Eyes
Assigned Jno Earle Patt’s Plains

Written across the name; Died at Newcastle Hospital 1832
Old Bailey On Line
JOHN ATKINSON, Theft > simple larceny, 29th May 1828.
1207. JOHN ATKINSON was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of May , 63 yards of kerseymere, value 11l. , the goods of John Fryer, the elder .

JOHN FRYER, JUN . I am the son of John Fryer - he is a clothier and lives at Trowbridge. I carried some kerseymere to Mr. John Bailey , at Seven-dials, on the morning of the 17th of May. About two o’clock that day the prisoner came into a public-house, near Aldgate, where I was, and asked to look at some drab kerseymere - I showed him some, and told him it was 4s. a yard; he said he would not give more than 3s. 6d. - I said I had a piece at Mr. Bailey’s, and asked if he would look at it- he said he did not mind; we went to a public-house near the Seven-dials; I went to Mr. Bailey’s and fetched the kerseymere - he looked at it, and we agreed for him to have it at 3s. 6d. a yard; he then took a cheque out of his pocket - I looked at it and said I did not like it, and asked him if he would go with me to Mr. Bailey’s; he said he would; I took the cheque, and asked him again to go to Mr. Bailey’s - he said he had paid it in cash, and that was enough; I asked if I could get it cashed - he said it was too late that night; he drew the cheque in my presence; there were sixty-three yards of the kerseymere, and it came to 11l. 0d. 6d.; on Monday, the 19th, I took the cheque to the bankers, and they said there were no effects - I gave the same cheque to the officer; I left the kerseymere with the prisoner and Mr. Oxley at the public-house - I found the prisoner again on the Monday, in a court near Aldgate, in bed; I had got the direction where he lived from a public-house - this is the cheque.

This was a cheque on Messrs. Glyns for 11l. 6d. signed John Atkinson.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. What time did you first see the prisoner? A. Between two and three o’clock - I was in the public-house when he came in; I knew Oxley before this - Carpenter, a friend of mine, was there; I do not know that he and Oxley were acquainted together; Oxley went to find him to buy the kerseymere - there was a good deal of bargaining between us; it was at my request that the prisoner went to look at the kerseymere - a bill was made and a receipt given for the money; Oxley made the bill at the prisoner’s request - I did not say I was no scholar; Oxley had a ready reckoner in his pocket, and made the bill from that - it was about 10 o’clock at night; I do not know the sign of the public-house - I am told the prisoner is very respectably connected; Oxley is in Whitecross-street prison; I had no difficulty in finding Atkinson - he was tipsy; I do not know whether the cheque was filled up by Oxley’s desire.

WILLIAM FIGGINS . I am a carpenter and joiner. On Monday week Fryer came to my house as I know his father; he told me what had happened, and I went and inquired for Atkinson - we found him in bed; I asked him for the cloth - he said, “Every one of you out of my room, or I will blow your brains out;” he was then taken.

ALBION CARPENTER . I was at the public-house with the prisoner and Fryer - it is in White Lion-street, Sevendials ; Atkinson agreed to give us 3s. 6d. a yard for the kerseymere - we wanted 4s.; he took his pocket-book out and took out this cheque, and wrote part of it; we said, “It is of no use to write more, we don’t like cheques” he said, “I always give cheques - I never carry money about with me;” we wanted him to go to Mr. Bailey’s with us to see if the cheque was good, but when we got the cheque he declined going with us; we then went home to our lodgings - we are not in the habit of giving credit to strangers.

OWEN THOMAS WILLIAMS . I am clerk to Sir Richard Carr Glyn and Co. I know nothing of the prisoner, nor any person of his name.

WILLIAM WHITAKER . I am an officer. I found the kerseymere in pawn in St. Martin’s-lane, in the name of Oxley.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I certainly should not have been induced to purchase this, but through Mr. Oxley, who is their salesman; he stated that they had two cuds of kerseymere, which he thought would answer my purpose; I said I had no cash, but I knew he had a banker’s bill for 20l., and asked if they would take that; he said they would not- I said, “Very likely they would take a bill of a month from me;” he said they would not; I said, “Very well, I can’t become a customer;” this was before we left the Carthusian Arms public-house; we then went to the Yorkshire Grey public-house, near the Seven-dials, and I remained there while they went and fetched the kerseymere; the cheque was given, and the money would have been ready by twelve o’clock on the Monday, but I was ill; and they came like lions or tigers, and dragged me out of my bed; if I had acted according to my own feelings, I would have knocked the whole three of them down, but I went quietly to Guildhall with them.

COURT to FRYER. Q. Was Oxley your father’s agent? A. Yes, he was so about six weeks ago.

GUILTY . Aged 37.

Transported for Seven Years .

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 3rd July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1791 (prev. 0000), date of death: 12th April, 1832 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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