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From: "Lynne Hurry" <>
Subject: [Lon] WHELPDALE, ALFRED JOHN
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 06:35:03 -0400
I having been trying to track my great-uncle who apparently was transported at the age of 15 with four other boys -- destination unknown. I thought it was to Australia, at least that is what my grandmother told my mother, who told me. I can find no trace of him in Australia and he was convicted in 1896 -- long after the last convict ships were sent there. It was a minor crime -- knocking (and breaking) the ball from a stone cupid's hand (probably in Victoria Park as the family resided in Mace Street, Bethnal Green). Can anyone advise me?
He was never heard from again. I would like to find out how he fared (unfortunately I can't find him in Australia). Does anyone know in which court he would have been tried? Perhaps that would give me a lead. Or where young offenders were sent in the last decade of the 1900s.
Your assistance is greatly appreciated.