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Leopold Redpath

Leopold Redpath, one of 280 convicts transported on the Edwin Fox, 24 August 1858

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Leopold Redpath
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 12th May, 1816
Occupation: Clerk
Date of Death: 1st May, 1891
Age: 74 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: Fraud
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Edwin Fox
Departure date: 24th August, 1858
Arrival date: 20th November, 1858
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 283 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 283 (143)
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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scott young on 26th December, 2016 wrote:

TOL obtained in Jan 1861

D Wong on 27th December, 2016 wrote:

Leopold Redpath was a clerk of the Great Northern Railway Company who perpetrated a notorious fraud against his employers and was transported to Australia.  There are many publications about his crime and life - just google.

These were both lengthy trials and may be read in full at:


LEOPOLD REDPATH, Deception > forgery, 5th January 1857.
Offence: Deception > forgery
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
LEOPOLD REDPATH was indicted for feloniously forging and uttering a certain deed of transfer of a certain share and interest in the capital stock of the Great Northern Railway Company, purporting to be made by John Morriss, for 312l. 10s., consolidated stock, with intent to defraud. Other COUNTS., varying the manner of stating the charge.
MR. SERJEANT BALLANTINE., with MESSRS. BODKIN. and GIFFARD., conducted the Prosecution.

LEOPOLD REDPATH, CHARLES JAMES COMYN KENT, Deception > forgery, 5th January 1857.
Offence: Deception > forgery
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory; Not Guilty > unknown
Punishment: Transportation
LEOPOLD REDPATH . was again indicted, with CHARLES JAMES COMYN KENT , for feloniously forging and uttering a transfer of 1, 000l., B stock and 87l. B stock of the Great Northern Railway Company; their masters, with intent to defraud.

REDPATH.— GUILTY .— Transported for Life.
There were three other indictments against Kent, upon which no evidence being offered, an acquittal was taken: there were also other indictments against Redpath.

Leopold was 42 years old on arrival - he was 6’ 0” tall, dark brown hair, dark hazel eyes, sallow complexion, middling stout.

1835: Was working as a clerk for P & O and on his own account as a shipbroker.
1840: Bought a house at Blackheath, married Jessie Sherman, had his fist bankruptcy.
1840-1845: Was living apart from Jessie,  with lodgings near her in Regent’s Park; his occupation obscure
1846: Became a clerk with the Great Northern Railway - his fraud began in 1848.
1850: Living with Jessie at 2 Park Village West, Regent’s Park.
1853: Moved to 27 Chester Terrace, Regent’s Park
1856: Bought a country house at Weybridge; his frauds exposed; flight to Paris; return and arrest; examination at Clerkenwell; second bankruptcy
1857: Tried at the Old Bailey and convicted; imprisonment in Newgate, Millbank and Pentonville
1858: Transferred to Portland; transportation on the Edwin Fox; imprisonment at Fremantle

1861: TOL
1868: CP

1871/2: Left Western Australia and sails to Sydney.

1886: Jessie died in England.

1/5/1891: Leopold died at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney and was buried at Rookwood Cemetery on the 3/5/1891.

Convict Changes History

scott young on 26th December, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m

D Wong on 27th December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 12th May, 1816 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st May, 1891 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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