Coins and Australia - 1818 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1818 - John Campling

This token may relate to John Camplin, 15, who was tried and convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for stealing a silver watch. Initially sentenced to death, this was later commuted to transportation for life. He sailed for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Surrey in September 1818. Camplin's conduct record makes depressing reading. He was subjected to numerous official lashings and had his sentence extended by three years in 1833. His record shows that he was fined for drunkenness and theft on several occasions.

Transcription

Back

Token engraved with a fine rope border and five lines of cursive text, with a flourish at the base:

when this you
See Rembr me when
In som Foreign
Country John
Campling
 ~

Front

Token engraved with a fine rope border and two crossed hearts above six lines of cursive text:

Dear Father Mother
A gift to you ~
From me a friend
Whose love for you
Shall never end
1818

Diameter

36.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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