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John Spittle

John Spittle, one of 170 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, 14 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Spittle
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: Shepherd
Date of Death: 1877
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing letters
Convicted at: Northampton Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: 14th November, 1828
Arrival date: 6th May, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 524
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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D Wong on 14th July, 2018 wrote:

8/3/1828 Oxford University and City Herald Oxfordshire, England:
John Spittle, Thomas Hatwell, and Richard Haynes, were indicted for stealing, on the 15th of October last, at the parish of Brackley St. Peter, in this county, from out of the mail-cart running from Oxford to Northampton, certain bags of letters, the property of his Majesty’s Postmaster-General….....
The evidence against Hatwell, however, was extremely slight, it being confined to the circumstance of his having been, at the time above mentioned, in Slpittle’s company, and saying before the Justices, that it was being in bad company that bought him there.  The Jury Acquitted Hatwell, and found Spittle Guilty.

6/10/1831: Absonded from the No. 4 Iron Gang.

12/12/1832: Spittle John, No.29-2025, Lord Melville, 30, Shepherd, Northamptonshire, 5 feet 6, hazel eyes, black hair, dark sallow comp, raised mole on right side and scar on left forefinger, from Messrs. Scotts, Glendown. 2nd time of running.

1837: Assigned to a gang in Newcastle. Here it lists his age as 27 (which tallies up with the death listed on the BDM).
No marriage listed.

22/12/1842: TOL: Merton

23/9/1844: TOL Passport, On the recommendation of Merton Bench.

26/5/1846: TOL Passport, On the recommendation of Merton Bench.

9/6/1847: TOL Passport, On the recommendation of Merton Bench.

25/2/1875 Maitland Mercury:
John Spittles, brought up for protection, was discharged.

1877: John Spittle, aged 70, died at Scone, NSW - NSW BDM.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 14th July, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1877 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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