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John Rowles

John Rowles, one of 156 convicts transported on the Medway, 13 November 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Rowles
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1828
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Medway
Departure date: 13th November, 1820
Arrival date: 13th March, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 156 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 412
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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Maureen Withey on 2nd January, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 02 January 2020), September 1820, trial of JOHN ROWLES JOHN MALCOLM (t18200918-180).
JOHN ROWLES, JOHN MALCOLM, Theft > pocketpicking, 18th September 1820.

1079. JOHN ROWLES and JOHN MALCOLM were indicted for stealing, of the 15th of August , one handkerchief, value 3 s., the goods of a certain man , whose name is unknown, from his person .

WILLIAM MASON . I am a stationer, and live in Chapel-court, Swallow-street. On the 15th of August, about half-past one o’clock in the afternoon, I was at Hyde-park Corner, a procession was going to Brandenburgh-house, it had passed about a quarter of an hour, when the prisoners with another, ran by me down the road. I knew them, and followed them towards Knightsbridge ; they saw me, and I let them go on, then followed two or three hundred yards, till they came behind a gentleman, followed him some distance, then the third man (not in custody) pulled the handkerchief a little way out of the gentleman’s pocket, they still followed him to the Cannon Brewery, then Rowles took it quite out. I went up, they separated on seeing me. Rowles got behind a cart, and put the handkerchief in his coat-pocket. I secured him, took it out, and took him to the gentleman, who refused to attend the office. Malcolm was apprehended that night. I am certain he is the person.

ROWLES’S Defence. I had the handkerchief two days before.

ROWLES - GUILTY . Aged 18. 
Transported for Life .

Transported for Seven Years. - Penitentiary .

Third Middlesex Jury, before J. Vaillant, Esq.

Burial Record in parish of Hobart Town, in the County of Buckingham. 1828. https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD34-1-1p071j2k
John Rowles, abode,  Hobart Town from hospital, buried 23 Jan 1828, age 26, ship Medway, Convict.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 2nd January, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 1828 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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