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John Rowles, one of 156 convicts transported on the Medway, 13 November 1820
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life span was 59 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 412
||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 .
MALCOLM - GUILTY . Aged 18.
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