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Henry Rhodes

Henry Rhodes, one of 222 convicts transported on the Katherine Stewart Forbes, 21 February 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Rhodes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 5th April, 1836
Age: 23 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Katherine Stewart Forbes
Departure date: 21st February, 1832
Arrival date: 16th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 221 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 271 (136)
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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Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 wrote:

1831, 8 September: HENRY RHODES made two appearances at the Old Bailey on the same day. Below are the transcripts of each trial:

“Before Mr. Justice Patteson.

#1774. HENRY RHODES was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Michael Pemment, on the 7th of September, and stealing 1 coat, value 1l.; 1 handkerchief, value 4s.; 1 waistcoat, value 2s.; and 1 pair of gaiters, value 1s. 6d., his property.

MICHAEL PEMMENT: I live at Harrow. On the 7th of September, about nine o’clock in the morning, I went out, leaving nobody in the house; all the doors were locked and fast, but the back window was left about four inches open - it is a sash-window, and lifts up - when I came home it was up high enough for a person to get in - it was wide open, and a small piece of wood which I had put under to keep it up, was thrown aside; I missed my coat, waistcoat, and gaiters, and a loaf, which were all in the room when I went out - I went next morning to give information to the Magistrates, and the prisoner went by; he was called in, and taken into the room - he had my coat and handkerchief on, which I had left in the room - they were marked, and I can swear to them.

GUILTY of stealing, but not in the dwelling-house.”



“#1775. HENRY RHODES was again indicted for stealing, on the 7th of September, 1 fishing-road, value 6s., the goods of John Thrupp.

JOHN FULLER: I live at Green-hill, Harrow, and am servant to Mr. Bailey - Mr. John Thrupp had taken the house for a short time. On the 7th of September I saw the prisoner with the fishing-road in his hand; I knew him, called to him by name, and he dropped it - there was another man with him; I took it up, and knew it to be Mr. Thrupp’s - I had seen it at nine o’clock that morning laying by the pond in the orchard, with the line in the pond; the prisoner ran down the road, and I lost him - I afterwards saw him when Mrs. Thrupp was accusing him of it: he abused her very much, he said he had lost a cricket-ball and had come over for it - he said he would punch my head; I went to the public-house - he came out to fight me, but said nothing about the rod.

GUILTY. Aged 18.

Transported for Seven Years for each Offence.” (see https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/)

Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 wrote:

1831: Following his conviction, Henry was sent aboard the prison hulk Ganymede moored at Chatham/Woolwich (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849; Ganymede Index 1818-1836).

1832: On arrival in VDL, Henry Rhodes was 19 years old and single. Of the few entries in his VDL Conduct Record, one details 50 lashes for “extreme cruelty to a bullock”.

1836, 5 April: Henry Rhodes drowned at Circular Head (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-37$init=CON31-1-37p100).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000)

Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 5th April, 1836 (prev. 0000)

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