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John Rose, one of 404 convicts transported on the Pitt, June 1791
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||14th April, 1792
life span was 60 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
14th February, 1792
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 402 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 163 (83); Old BAILEY TRIALS 113 APRIL1792 (ONLINE), SRNSW indents convict ships (Pitt), HRNSW Vol1 Part 2 re Burial Registers St John's church Parramatta
||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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Robin Sharkey on 26th December, 2015 wrote:
*Crime: stealing, on 13 April 1791
* Convicted Old Bailey 14 April 1791, aged 21
*Sailed July 1791
* Arrived nSW 14 Feb 1792
*Buried Parramatta 14 Feb 1792, presumably aged 22.
John Rose was aged 21 when convicted at the Old
Bailey on 13 April 1791 of stealing a piece of cloth out of a linen draper’s shop on Holborn Hill in London.
Between 2pm and 4pm the previous day he was seen by the shopkeeper’s employee to take down some printed calico being shown off by having been tied in a bundle on the shopdoor. There was another person seen to be with him. John Rose was caught very quickly since he was pursued and brought back in a minute by a second man in the shop. The calico was 28 yards’ worth and valued at 20 shillings. Rose said “I was passing along, and seeing the piece of cotton lay on the pavement, I picked it up.”
He called two character witnesses but he was sentenced to 7 years’ transportation. Within three months he’d left England forever on the “Pitt” and exactly twelve months later he was dead.
JohnRose was buried at Parramatta (St John’s) on 14th April 1792, the anniversary of his trial.
The “Pitt” with close to 400 male convicts had lost 16 convicts from smallpox when it pulled into Rio de Janeiro, and then it landed 120 convicts sick in NSW. John Rose may have been one of the sick and perhaps died as a consequence of the flux, scurvy and other maladies that afflicted the convicts of the Pitt. [Capt Manning (from Rio de Janeiro) to Alderman Macauley (London), 24 Oct 1791.]
Convict Changes History
Robin Sharkey on 26th December, 2015 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 163 (83); Old BAILEY TRIALS 113 APRIL1792 (ONLINE), SRNSW indents convict ships (Pitt), HRNSW Vol1 Part 2 re Burial Registers St John's church Parramat