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Richard Pinnuck was born in 1826, and baptised at Enfield, Middlesex, England.  He was the third son of William Pinnuck and Elizabeth Baker's 18 children.  His brothers and sisters were:  William 1821, George 1823, James 1824, Mary Anne 1828, Thomas 1828, Ambrose 1830, Eliza 1832, William 1832, Samuel, 1834, Susan 1834, Anne 1835, Charles 1836, John 1838, Jane 1840, Aaron 1843, Joseph 1843 and Arabella 1847.  All the children were baptised at St Andrew, Enfield, Middlesex.


Richard was tried at the Central Criminal Court in London on the 10 May 1841 for Housebreaking and Larceny.  He received 10 years transportation and was sent to the Hulk 'Euryalus'.  Richard was removed from the hulk on the 29 March 1842, being transported from Sheerness aboard the 'Elphinstone' which departed on the 30 March 1842, arriving in Van Diemen's Land on the 28 July 1842.


Information from Conduct Record CON33/25:

Name:                             Richard PINNUCK

Trade:                             Labourer

Height:                            4' 10"

Age:                                16

Complexion:                    Freckled

Head:                              Oval

Hair:                                Sandy

Whiskers:                        None

Visage:                            Broad

Forehead:                       High, Broad

Eyebrows:                      Sandy

Eyes:                              Hazel

Nose:                              Medium

Mouth:                            Medium

Chin:                               Broad, Dimply

Native Place:                  Enfield


Remarks:  Freckles and scar on back of right hand, small scar centre of forehead.


Protestant, can read and write.  Gaol Report:  Not Known.  Hulk Report:  Good.  Stated this offence:  Housebreaking and stealing money 3/6 from a till.  Prosecutor:  Mr Field.   Single.


Surgeons Report:  Conduct Report - Orderly.


Period of Probation:  Twenty months.

Pt Puer 8/8/42.


Released from 1st stage of probation 17 April 1843.


Tailor:  1/44 - Fair.  Not yet able to earn a livelihood to be reported when he is to ?, in the meantime to be treated with every reasonable indulgence.  C.O. 24/4/??


27 Feb 45 - Absent from his gang without leave - six days solitary.


Can earn his living as a Cooper vide C.O. 17/11/45


30/12/45 - Mr Johnston Campbell

13/3/47 J.B. 13/3/47 J Withers new wharf.

Recommended for Conditional Pardon 8/2/48


5th October 1847 Ticket of Leave

15 May 1849 Conditional Pardon


Information from Shipping Records, Marriage and Birth Certificates:

Richard departed VDL per ship 'John Bull' for New Zealand and San Francisco on the 26 June 1849 (HTC 27/6/1849 refers).  Richard arrived back in VDL per ship 'Eliza' (steerage) from San Francisco on the 30 August 1850.


At the age of 21 he married Amelia LANGLEY who was 13 (her marriage certificate states 15, but she was born in 1837, which made her 13) in Hobart on the 30 September 1850 (registration 412).


Richard and Amelia's children were:

Frances Amelia PINNOCK born on the 14 July 1852 in Hobart (registration 1490).

Elizabeth PINNOCK born on 16 February 1855 at Avoca, Victoria.


Richard departed Launceston for Melbourne on the ship 'Adventure' on 23 March 1852.  He was a steerage passenger with conditional pardon POL 20/9/1 p622.


Mrs Pinnock arrived VDL per ship 'British Empire' on 11 May 1856 MB 2/39/20 p57.


Miss Pinnock arrived VDL per ship 'Southern Cross' on 19 March 1869 MB 2/39/31 p414.


It would appear that Richard's wife Amelia left VDL some time between 1852 and her return in 1856.  It would also appear that his daughter Elizabeth returned to VDL in 1869.


Amelia Pinnuck married William Watson in 1871 in Victoria.  On this certificate she stated that she was a widow since July 1861.


The only death entry for a Richard Pinnuck I have been able to find that fits is:

Pinnuck, Richard died aged 70 years at the Heidelberg Hospital, Victoria in 1894.  This death entry lists his father as William Pinnuck and his mother as Elizabeth.



Point Puer - view from Port Arthur

Richard was sent here to train as a Tailor


Rear View of Point Puer


Convict Church Port Arthur



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