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George Rowledge

George Rowledge, one of 399 convicts transported on the Moffatt, 05 May 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Rowledge
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 22nd August, 1879
Age: 65 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Moffatt
Departure date: 5th May, 1836
Arrival date: 31st August, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 403 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 266
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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Cheryl Ryan on 20th August, 2017 wrote:

Born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England.  Died Sydney, NSW, Australia

D Wong on 20th August, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey:
GEORGE ROWLEDGE, Theft > simple larceny, 29th February 1836.
Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation

GEORGE ROWLEDGE was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of February, 1 carcase of a sheep, value 30s., the property of Joseph Roadnight.
DANIEL HIGGINS. I know the shop of Mr. Joseph Roadnight, who lives at Uxbridge, and is a butcher. On the 14th of February, between seven and eight o’clock in the evening—I saw a sheep there—it had been killed and was hanging up, and I saw the prisoner and two others near shop—I knew the prisoner as long as I can recollect—I went to school with him—he lives at Uxbridge—I do not know that he worked at any thing—he went into the shop—I did not see him do any thing—nor take any thing—nor did I see him come out—the shop door was shut—I do not know whether it was latched—I saw it open, and he went in.
JAMES FIDLER. Between seven and eight o’clock on Sunday I was walking in Vine-street, about one hundred yards from the butcher’s shop, with Frederick Taylor and another person, and saw the prisoner with the carcase of a sheep on his shoulder—I thought he had stolen it, and ran after him and overtook him—he threw the sheep down at my feet—I then knocked at Mrs. Copeland’s door, and carried it into her house.
JOSEPH ROADNIGHT. I am master of this shop. On this evening I was sitting in the parlour, and Mrs. Roadnight heard some person go out of the shop—she called to the servant to know who had gone out—I missed the carcase of a sheep, and found it again at Mrs. Copeland’s house—it weighed about seventy pounds—I am certain it was mine.
HARRIET COPELAND. I was at home—my husband was his supper—Fidler came and said there was a sheep thrown at the door—my husband and he went and got it in, and my husband went after Mr. Roadnight, and he came and said the sheep was his.
Prisoner. I know nothing about it—I am innocent of the charge.
GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Seven Years.

9/5/1843: COF

No marriage listed on the NSW BDM but apparently married Rosanna Clancy/Glancy (no date).  They had 2 children listed on the BDM:
1847: Mary A
1857: Janetta (listed as Jamretta G) born Parramatta
Also from family websites:
1850-1924: George Francis Rowledge
??: William

**Found a Rosanna ‘Glancy’ on the Irish Convicts to NSW website, who arrived on the ‘Sir Charles Forbes’ in 1837

1867: Sands Directory of Sydney.
Rowledge, George, 11 Goulburn st.

Rosanna died in 1881 in Sydney.

D Wong on 20th August, 2017 wrote:

13/5/1878 Evening News, Sydney:
Death from Heart Disease.
On Saturday the Coroner held an inquest at the Star Hotel, in Goulburn-street, respecting the death of a woman named Annie Rowledge, aged 24 years,
who expired in a fit of hysterics at her father-in-law’s house in Goulburn-street.
George Rowledge deposed that deceased was frequently in gaol for drunkenness.
She had been living apart, off and on, from his son, whom she married eight years ago. She had not been drinking to excess since she came out of gaol five
weeks ago. She complained of pains in her head and back. Rosanna Rowledge gave similar evidence, adding that about half-past 2 o’clock yesterday morning
she was awakened by deceased moaning. On enquiry deceased said her back was in such pain that she could not move. She bathed deceased’s chest and
temples. Deceased lay on her back, in great pain, with her hands clenched. Deceased died a few minutes after witness got up. Dr. Milford deposed
that he had made post mortem examination, and found that the cause of death was heart disease, and the immediate cause of death was endocarditis.
The jury found accordingly.

Convict Changes History

Cheryl Ryan on 9th August, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

Cheryl Ryan on 20th August, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 22nd August, 1879 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 20th August, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), crime

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