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Ralph Entwistle

Ralph Entwistle, one of 188 convicts transported on the John, 18 July 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ralph Entwistle
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Brickmaker
Date of Death: 2nd November, 1830
Age: 25 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: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: John
Departure date: 18th July, 1827
Arrival date: 25th November, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 188 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 226
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

John Merriman on 20th May, 2015 wrote:

The Bathurst Rebellion was a brief bushranging episode outside of Bathurst, New South Wales, involving a group of escaped convicts known as the ‘Ribbon Gang’, during September and October 1830. The insurgents were led by 25-year-old English convict-servant Ralph Entwistle and at its peak they numbered more than 80 men. Although the circumstances remain unresolved the men may have been motivated by an act of injustice inflicted on Entwistle the previous year when he was flogged by the local police magistrate for swimming naked at a ford on the Macquarie River when governor Lieutenant General Sir Ralph Darling and his entourage had passed by. Alternatively the real cause may have been a grievance at being deprived of adequate food and clothing by a local landowner.
The troubles began on 23 September when Entwistle and four others escaped from their assigned farm in Fitzgerald’s Valley, 20 km (12 mi) south of Bathurst, seizing firearms in the process. During the following days the escapees appeared at other farms, seizing more weapons, and being joined by more convicts. When the convict manager of one of the farms refused to join Entwistle he was shot and killed. Following an extensive manhunt by local volunteers, mounted police and British Army soldiers from the 39th Regiment of Foot, ten members of the gang–including Entwistle himself–were subsequently captured, but not before a series of shoot-outs during which a number of men on both sides were shot and wounded.[1]

The rebels were subsequently tried and found guilty of murder before a Special Commission and a jury of military officers; they were publicly executed in Bathurst by hanging on 3 November. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathurst_Rebellion

George on 26th March, 2019 wrote:

He was 25 yrs old when hung.

Convict Changes History

John Merriman on 20th May, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 2nd November, 1830 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

George on 26th March, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 27th June, 1915 (prev. 0000), date of death: 13th December, 1985 (prev. 2nd November, 1830)

D Wong on 26th March, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 27th June, 1915), date of death: 2nd November, 1830 (prev. 13th December, 1985)

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