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Details for the convict John Ridout (1822)

Convict Name:John Ridout
Trial Place:Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Trial Date:5 December 1821
Sentence:14 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Guildford (5)
Arrival Year:1822
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John George RIDEOUT (I) was born on the 4th May 1794 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, the fourth child in the family of five children born to Phillip Rideout and Mary Hallett who married at Thaston, St James, Dorsett on 13th May 1781.
At the time of his conviction at Middlesex goal delivery John was working as a servant at the Lion and Lamb, a public house (Pub) in Golden Lane. He is described as having a sickly pale complexion, light brown hair and blue eyes. He had a scar on the left side of his forehead. John was 28 years old.
He was married at the time but to date we have been unable to trace the name of his wife or when and where they were married.
John arrived in Botany Bay on the 15th July 1822 on the convict ship “Guildford 5” and was assigned to work as a cook for Robert Lethbridge, a land holder. Lethbridge who immigrated as a free settler on the “Lusitania” in 1822 resided at Flushcombe Prospect.

John was granted his Certificate of Freedom on the 30th December 1835. After his release he found work on farming and grazing properties around Sydney and the Armidale district. It was in the Armidale area he met and Elizabeth Sutherland the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Sutherland who came to Australia on the “Trinidad” in 1841when Elizabeth was fourteen years of age.
John and Elizabeth were married in the verandah of the homestead at Keera on the Big River. (Gwydir River) Keera is about 20 klms from Bingera in central northern NSW.
John and Elizabeth had six children and although little is known of the family and lifestyle, we do know that rearing a large family in those pioneer days was not easy. John died at singleton on 12th February 1866. .

Submitted by Researcher (4930) on 1 November 2015

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/4, p.162

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