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John Kite

John Kite, one of 190 convicts transported on the Mangles, 29 March 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Kite
Aliases: Bernard Kite
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Shop lifting
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 29th March, 1820
Arrival date: 7th August, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 278
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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Maureen Withey on 3rd November, 2019 wrote:

Convicted at the Old Bailey (online)

GEORGE MATON, JOHN KITE, Theft > grand larceny, 28th October 1818.

2593. GEORGE MATON and JOHN KITE were indicted for stealing, on the 21st of October , twelve yards of printed cotton, value 12s. , the goods of Joseph Hawkins .

WILLIAM DRAKEFIELD . I am servant to Joseph Hawkins , who is a linen-draper , and lives in St. John-street . On the 21st of October, between twelve and one o’clock Thompson alarmed me - I saw Metcalf take Maton, and take the printed cotton out of Kite’s apron, which was taken from our door.

JAMES METCALI. I live opposite to the prosecutor’s. I saw Maton take the cotton from the door, and put it in Kite’s apron - They had been lurking about the shop for two hours - I secured them both, and took the print out of Kite’s apron.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

KITE’S Defence. I found it at the door.

MATON - GUILTY . Aged 16.

KITE - GUILTY . Aged 18.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Sheerness Hulk record, HO-9-7-1, p40.
Received from Newgate, 20 Nov 1819 (5 prisoners in total)
John Kite, age 15, felony,  Middlesex 28 Oct , 7 yrs, (sent for ) Transp.  15 Mar 1820
George Maton, aged 16,  Middlesex 28 Oct, 7 yrs, (sent for ) Transp. 3 Jun 1819.

Maureen Withey on 3rd November, 2019 wrote:

Certificate of Leave Received
Mangles 1 - John Kite.
29 Dec 1825, Sydney Gazette.

Maureen Withey on 2nd June, 2020 wrote:

John Kite was later known as Bernard Kite. He was convicted several times and spent time at Moreton Bay Penal Colony, and was transported to VDL, to Port Arthur.
Tasmanian Convict Indents.
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON16-1-3$init=CON16-1-3p212  https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON16-1-3$init=CON16-1-3p213
Bernard Kite, age 41, 5ft 4, protestant, can read and write,  tried at Sydney S.C., 18 Oct 1845, 7 years, for uttering forged cheque for £33, pro. Mrs Jones, Sydney. To NSW per Mangles 1820, Tried Newgate, House Roby, 7 years. Labourer, native of Holborn, S(sisters) Anne & Charlotte at N.P.

Moreton Bay Records – John Kite and Bernard Kite – uses both names.
John Kite, per Mangles 1, Original conviction: tried at Middx G.D. 28 Oct 1818, for Shoplifting, 7 years. Labourer. Colonial conviction: Q. Sess. Sydney, 20 Oct 1835, Store Robbery, 3 years. To Sydney 15 Oct 1838.
Description: Bernard Kite, native of London, age 32, 5ft 2 ¼. Brown hair, hazel eyes, and sallow comp. Religion – E.

Maureen Withey on 2nd June, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON39-1-2p229
189. Bernard Kite, Tried Sydney 18 Oct 1845. Transported for forgery, stated this offence, uttering a forged cheque for £23 prop. Jones, Sydney, single.
Labourer, age 41, native of Holborn, can read and write, C. of E., arrived 8 Dec 1845.
Police History.
Per ship Mangles (1) 1820, Tried Middx Gaol delivery, 28 Oct 1818, 7 years. For shoplifting.
25 Sep 1823. Sent to Port Macquarie for the remainder of his sentence being a runaway from Emu Plains.
2 Feb 1833, 18 Col. Months Ironed gang – Larceny, Sydney.
Obtained his Cert of Freedom, 19 Dec 1825.
Again tried Sydney Q.S. 20 Oct 1835, sentence 3 years to Moreton Bay, returned 25 Oct 1838.
Again tried Sydney S. C. 18 Oct 1845, for uttering a forgery- 7 years.
To a penal Settlement in V.D. L.
He spent 2 years period of labour at Port Arthur. Absconded March 11 1846, sentenced to 12 months hard labour in chains.
Sep 22 1846, Absent without leave, - 4 days solitary confinement.
March 22 1848. Record of meritorious conduct in extinguishing a fire at Port Arthur.
T. of L. 6/11/49.
March 27, 51. Larceny under £5, Six months hard labour on the Roads, T.L. revoked.
Cert of Freedom, 23 Nov 1852.

Certificates of Freedom
Bernard Kite, Wanderer.
The Cornwall Chronicle, 4 Dec 1852.

1. J. Kite, Mangles (2), 19, London, 5ft 1, hazel eyes, br. hair, pale sal. Comp. Emu Plains. Sydney Gazette, 29 May 1823.


Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON37-1-8$init=CON37-1-8p192
Bernard Kite, Tried Hobart Town Q.S. 4 Jan 1855, Transported for Stealing 12 lbs of sugar the prop. Of W. H. Burgess, Stated this offence.  To be imprisoned in the gaol at Hobart Town & kept to H.L. for 12 Cal. Months.
Discharged to freedom, 26 Aug 1855.
Remarks: For Govt history, vide (see) old records, Bernard Kite per Wanderer No 189.

Bernard Kite, was indicted for having on the 35th of August last, forged and uttered an order for money, with intent to defraud Mr. John Black, of the Bank of N. S. Wales, of the sum of £33. It appeared that the prisoner and another man went to a Lodging House kept by a Mrs. Jones, and having bargained for board and lodging, stayed with her two or three days, depositing with her, the forged order, which purported to be payable at nine days sight, en security for the payment, and subsequently, having contrived to get from her £3 on account, they absconded. The prisoner denied having ever seen Mrs. Jones before, and called two brothers named Coffee, to prove an alibi, but as these witnesses both contradicted each other — the Jury found the prisoner guilty of uttering, knowing the document to be forged.
The Star, 18 Oct 1845.

Maureen Withey on 2nd June, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Health and Welfare records for Brickfields Invalid Depot,
Bernard Kite. Age 66, pauper, Admitted 12 Nov 1862 to 15 Aug 1867, 19 Aug 1867 to 31 July 1868, 27 Oct 1869.

Maureen Withey on 2nd June, 2020 wrote:

Brickfields Pauper Establishment. DISCHARGED SERVANT.
A letter from the Superintendent was read, recommending the discharge of Bernard Kite, night watchman, for insolence and neglect.  The Chairman reported that the man had repeated his insolence, and was discharged at the end of the month.  The Board approved.
The Mercury, 6 Aug 1868.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 2nd June, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Bernard Kite, gender: m, occupation, crime

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