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John Read Riddel

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Read Riddel
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1774
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 1825
Age: 51 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Doncaster Borough Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: August, 1811
Arrival date: 18th January, 1812
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 13 other convicts


Primary source: Alphabetical Registers of Male Convicts. (CON23)
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Community Contributions

Penny-Lyn Beale on 8th August, 2021 wrote:

Alphabetical Registers of Male Convicts. (CON23)
No; 10
Height; 5 Ft 8 in
Hair; Brown
Eyes; Hazel. Complexion; Sallow
Age; 37
Trade; Carpenter
Trial; Doncaster - 13 Mar 1811. Life.
Ship; Guildford 1 - 1811 & Emu - 1816.
Native Place; Philadelphia
Remarks; Ears pierced. Heart & 2 doves. JR AB 8 July 1799. Lt. arm
C.E. 1433. 7 Aug 1821

Penny-Lyn Beale on 8th August, 2021 wrote:

Conduct Record;-
No; 10.
Name; John Read Riddel.
Ship; to NSW per Guildford and to Hobart per Emu.
1819 - 8 Sept. Making threats to ..... Sentence; 50 Lashes and ? months on the Road Gang
1823 - 27 Sept. Follows his worldly occupation on the Sabbath Day. Fined 5/-
1825 - 29 July. to be EXECUTED. for the murder of Geo Fields No 264. L. East.

Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen’s Land Advertiser. Fri 10 Jun 1825. Page 2. Hobart Town.
On Monday a Coroner’s Inquest was held at the Black Swan, on view of the body of George Fildes, who met his death the preceding day under the following circumstances:-
A person-named Hill (by trade a sawyer, and residing in Goulburn-street), had employed a man named John Read Riddel (a very industrious carpenter) to stick a pig ; and the deceased was afterwards engaged to cut it up ; but his mode of performing the task was not satisfactory to Riddel, who in consequence had a quarrel with him, and during which, after many blows had been struck by both parties, the deceased received a wound from a knife, which had just
before been weilded by Riddel-against whom, after a most patient examination of several witnesses, the Jury delivered a verdict of wilful murder, pursuant to which he stands of course fully committed for trial at the next Session ....

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 8th August, 2021 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Alphabetical Registers of Male Convicts. (CON23) (prev. ), firstname: John Read, surname: Riddel, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1774, date of death: 1825, gender: m, occupation, crime

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