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John Capewell

John Capewell, one of 280 convicts transported on the Edwin Fox, 24 August 1858

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Capewell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1823
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 19th May, 1890
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 8 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Derby Assizes
Sentence term: 8 years
Ship: Edwin Fox
Departure date: 24th August, 1858
Arrival date: 20th November, 1858
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 283 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 285 (144)
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

Tanya Marie Metcalf on 17th June, 2019 wrote:

He was baptised in Milwich, Staffordshire on the 28th of December 1823, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Capewell nee Merryjohn.  After marrying Lydia Massey in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire on the 11th of July 1842 the couple had six children between 1842 and 1855, 4 appear in the 1851 Census.  At the time of conviction, he is recognised as a widow.  It is believed his wife passed in 1856 along with his infant daughter.  This is quite possibly the cause of his behaviour.  He started drinking heavily and found himself with unsavoury characters.  On 1st June 1864, John Capewell marries Lydia Jones nee Pritchard, together the couple have 6 children.  Capewell after receiving his conditional pardon, continues his trade as a shoemaker and appears in the WA Almanack from 1863 to 1875.  He is known to have employed up as many as 45 Ticket of Leave Men during this period.  John never again finds himself in trouble with the law.  He takes on the role of a bailiff in his later years.  A position that sees him beaten for doing his job.  He received his Certificate of Freedom on 12th December 1864.
John Capewell died at the Colonial Hospital on the 19th May 1890 at the age of 65 years from jaundice.  He is buried in the historic East Perth Cemetery in an unmarked grave.

Convict Changes History

Tanya Marie Metcalf on 4th March, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1823 (prev. 0000), date of death: 19th May, 1890 (prev. 0000), gender: f

D Wong on 4th March, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m (prev. f)

Tanya Marie Metcalf on 17th June, 2019 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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