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John Ruff

John Ruff, one of 400 convicts transported on the Tortoise, 28 September 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Ruff
Aliases: Rolfe, John Johns
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 28th November, 1868
Age: 49 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Tortoise
Departure date: 28th September, 1841
Arrival date: 19th February, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 400 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 392
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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Community Contributions

Peter on 10th August, 2014 wrote:

brother of David RUFF, came on same ship.
Married in VDL.
Died in Victoria.

Wendy Dyete on 22nd May, 2018 wrote:

John went on to use his mothers maiden name of Johns.  So he was John Johns.

Convict Changes History

Ian Gallard on 1st April, 2014 made the following changes:

alias1: Rolfe, date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), date of death: 28th November, 1868 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Wendy Dyete on 22nd May, 2018 made the following changes:

alias2: John Johns

Wendy Dyete on 22nd May, 2018 made the following changes:

alias2: Johns

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