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John Bulpit (c. 1808–1866)

John Bulpit (c.1808-1866), a bricklayer's labourer, and his brother Charles, were found guilty on 18 December 1830 at Southampton Special Gaol Delivery, Hampshire, England, of machine breaking. Sentenced to life transportation they arrived at Sydney aboard the Eleanor in June 1823. John was described as being 23 years old. He could read; was Protestant, and was married with one female child. He had no previous convictions. His height was given as 4 feet 11.75 inches (151.8 cms) and he had a slightly freckled pale complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair.

John Bulpit was assigned to Major General William Stewart at Bathurst. He was granted an absolute pardon on 8 May 1838. He married Catherine Murphy in 1857 at Ryde; they had five children. He died as John Belpit on 6 June 1866 at Ryde.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Belpitt, John
  • Belpit, John
  • Bulpitt, John

c. 1808
Cliddesden, Hampshire, England


6 June, 1866 (aged ~ 58)
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: machine breaking
Sentence: life
Court: Hampshire
Trial Date: 18 December 1830


Occupation: bricklayer
Married: Yes
Children: Yes (1)


Children: Yes (5)