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John Frederick Mortlock

John Frederick Mortlock, one of 224 convicts transported on the Sultana, 26 May 1859

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Frederick Mortlock
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 8th August, 1809
Occupation: Clerk
Date of Death: 6th June, 1882
Age: 72 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 5 years

Crime: Returning from transportation
Convicted at: Cambridgeshire, Cambridge Assizes
Sentence term: 5 years
Ship: Sultana
Departure date: 26th May, 1859
Arrival date: 19th August, 1859
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 222 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 307 (155)
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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D Wong on 25th April, 2014 wrote:

John Frederick Mortlock was previously transported on the Maitland 1843 (see entry on the profile page), was at Norfolk Island and then VDL.

In 1857 John Frederick, quite illegally - he refused to recognise the limitations of his licence - returned to England in the Swiftsure, Captain Pryce. It is a sad reflection on his saintly and forgiving uncle Alderman William Mortlock that it was news of a small legacy from William that triggered this return and hence its consequences. Apprised that this £46 was due to him, John Frederick counted up his various savings, which came to £240 and took ship as above; however the £46 did not reach Tasmania until well after John Frederick was back in England. Landing at Dartmouth, John Frederick made his way to London via sightseeing - ever the tourist - in Exeter, Bath and Oxford. In London he lodged at his customary headquarters, the Craven Hotel near Northumberland House. Trafalgar Square was new to him, as was the Crystal Palace.
In March 1858 John Frederick was sentenced to a year in gaol at home to be followed by re-transportation, this time to Western Australia, to serve the five-year remainder of his original sentence. An uncovenanted benefit for us is the police description of John Frederick published at the time of his illegal return, which shows him as 5’9” tall, of square, thickset and powerful build, with light hair but a darker moustache. At the end of his time John Frederick came back to London where he lived in relative obscurity and poverty, in a boarding house in Craven Street (which runs off the Strand next to Charing Cross Station), kept by one Todd, an ex-servant of his mother’s, until his death in 1882.

John was then described as: 50 years old, single with no children (he had been married to Mary Smith (Royal Admiral) in Tasmania and had 3 children, no mention of them now, 5’6 1/8/” tall, light brown hair, light hazel eyes, fresh complexion, stout, scar right arm, scar left arm.

Leanne on 23rd April, 2015 wrote:

John Mortlock free man married Mary Smith convict April 1844, described as both widowers, ages he 45 she 39.
John Mortlock was coachman at Brickendon House.
NOTE: John Frederick Mortlock (Cambridge Mortlock Banker family) arrived on Norfolk Island Feb 1844 to commence his 21 year sentence. He was 36 years of age.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 25th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 8th August, 1809 (prev. 0000), date of death: 6th June, 1882 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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