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John Northwood

John Northwood, one of 172 convicts transported on the Florentia, 14 August 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Northwood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Sawyer
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: Stealing
Convicted at: Bedford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Florentia
Departure date: 14th August, 1827
Arrival date: 3rd January, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 263 (133)
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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Philip Northwood on 8th June, 2017 wrote:

He stole pidgeons, but was a petty criminal

D Wong on 9th June, 2017 wrote:

24/12/1831: TOL Patrick Plains
29/9/1834: COF

The following information comes from: http://www.hawkesbury.net.au/claimaconvict/convictDetails.php?convictId=51160
and is the research of Warren Loxley, 31/1/2015.

“He was granted his ticket of leave in 1831. A ticket of leave meant he was still a convict but gave them more freedom to move about. He obtained his certificate of freedom 29 September 1834 and returned to England

His wife was Elizabeth Swepstone but he had kids to 4 different women, one of whom was actually his wife. The kids overlapped in time frame.

Committal Year: 1822, Reference Doc: BLARS QGV11/1, ID in Reference Doc: 405, Age: 24, breach of the game laws - sentence 3 months - Bedford Gaol

Committal Year: 1823, Reference Doc: BLARS QGV10/1, ID in Reference Doc: 84, Age: 26, - stealing money from his brother-in-law ; sentence death (reprieved) - Bedford Gaol

Committal Year: 1826, Reference Doc: BLARS QGV10/1, ID in Reference Doc: 97, Age: 29, burglary - sentence acquitted - notes: a notorious bad character

Committal Year: 1827, Reference Doc: BLARS QGV10/1, ID in Reference Doc: 105, Age: 27, stealing pigeons - sentence 7 yrs transportation - delivered aboard prison ship “Retribution”

The “Retribution” was a prison hulk and John left England aboard “Florentia” 15 September 1827 arriving in Sydney 3 January 1828.

Committal Year: 1843, Reference Doc: BLARS QGV10/2, ID in Reference Doc: 1320, Age: 45, stealing wheat - acquitted - character very orderly”

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th November, 2020 wrote:

BROTHER; William Northwood arrived per ship Isabella 4. 1831. Refer Standing convict no 32-412. Indent no; 3.

Convict Changes History

Philip Northwood on 8th June, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Philip Northwood on 8th June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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