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Capper Pass, one of 135 convicts transported on the Canada, 23 April 1819
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||23rd April, 1839
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 137 (70)
||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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Brian Wills-Johnson on 2nd October, 2012 wrote:
On 23 September 1828 he married Frances Johnson (FS, “Lord Melville” 1817)in Sydney, and was subsequently the licensee of the “Royal Oak” in George Street. They had no issue.
Phil Hands on 15th May, 2017 wrote:
Tried and convicted at the Bristol Quarter Sessions on 11th January 1819 for receiving 12 cwt. of copper, value 75l, he was sentenced to transportation for 14 years.
Left England on 23rd April 1819.
Ship:- the ‘Canada’ saied with 135 male convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 1st September 1819.
Salisbury and Winchester Journal Monday 25th January 1819 p. 2
At Bristol Quarter Sessions…and Capper Pass, for receiving 12 cwt. of copper, value 75l. were sentenced to fourteen years’ transportation
On 23rd September 1828 he married Frances Johnson (‘Lord Melville’ 1817) at Sydney, they had no children.
Capper was the licensee of the “Royal Oak” in George Street.
He was a heavy drinker most of his life and died at his residence on 10th March 1839, the inquest was held on Tuesday 12th March when the Jury returned a verdict of death by Natural causes, “accellerated by the excessive use of ardent spirits”.
Sydney Gazette Thursday 14 March 1839 p. 2
CORONER’S INQUEST. -
On Sunday last Mr. Capper Pass, an old Colonist, who kept a public-house on the Brickfield hill, called the “Royal Oak”, died; and in consequence of some rumours that had gone abroad respecting the treatment of the deceased by one portion of his family, and also at the request of other members, an inquest was called upon the body on Tuesday morning, by Mr. Ryan Brenan, the coroner, at the late residence of Mr. Pass. The first witness called was Bridget Metcalf, she deposed that she was a nurse and had attended the deceased about a month prior to his death; his diet consisted of fowls and soup, and he had brandy mixed in his tea about twice a day, but witness has also known him to have taken four glasses; the deceased had lately dropped to some extent his intemperate habits, and had confined himself generally to wine and water at his own request; witness was not aware that any one who had applied to see him had been refused; his bed-room door was never locked to witness’ knowledge; he died some time about half-past six on Sunday evening; Dr Wallace attended the deceased; witness had not heard of any complaints save of his son-in-law, who had applied to see him, but the deceased refused. Sarah Howell deposed that she had been in the habit of seeing the deceased lately ; about a month ago, witness was aware that Mrs. Capper Pass locked him in a skilling, which was afterwards opened by a person named Ford, but the deceased did not come out; witness heard the deceased’s wife say she would give him as much liquor as he liked to drink. William Ford, the person mentioned by the last witness, stated that he recollected the deceased being locked up about a month ago for better security; the deceased was a man who, through life, had drank hard, but not so much lately as he used to do. James Tutt attended the deceased about four months before his death; he deposed that Mrs. pass did not give him more than he wished, but whatever he asked for, she sent to him; he had lately been confined principally to wine and water, and had been locked up for security, as he would otherwise have fallen about and hurt himself. Dr. Wallace deposed that he had been int he habit of attending the deceased, who had been ailing a length of time; he recovered from the first severe illness, and used to call occasionally at witness’s house; witness, however, had not seen or heard of him for some time until a few weeks ago, when he called at the deceased’s residence in consequence of having heard that his wife had placed him in confinement in an out-house and refused to allow any of his friends to see him, stating that it was done by witness’ directions; when he (witness) called, he found the deceased in an upper room and much worse that when he last attended him; he was however, perfectly sane, and did not complain of any particular pain or uneasiness; witness considered he was using ardent spirits too freely, which he in consequence ordered to be discontinued; witness was again sent for to see the deceased about four or five days before his death, when he appeared to be gradually sinking, although labouring under no apparent particular disease; witness had no doubt his death was owing to natural causes, but was probably much accellerated by the free use of spirits. The Jury, after consideration, returned a verdict of “Natural death, accellerated by the excessive use of ardent spirits”.
Convict Changes History
Brian Wills-Johnson on 2nd October, 2012 made the following changes:
date of death 23rd April, 1839, gender, occupation
Phil Hands on 15th May, 2017 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1780 (prev. 0000), crime