Meaning of Pentonville in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɛntənˌvɪl/


historical Australian
  • A convict sentenced in Britain to transportation, but required first to serve eighteen months in Pentonville Prison, London (or another reformatory prison) receiving moral and religious instruction and learning a trade, before being sent to Australia on a conditional pardon.

    ‘the last batch of Pentonvilles included two lawyers and a lieutenant in the army’
    • ‘I may also add that I have had many other old prisoners in my service, and have in general found them very good servants—the Pentonvilles being the worst without exception.’
    • ‘The last batch of Pentonvilles included two lawyers, a clergyman, and a lieutenant in the army.’
    • ‘At Port Philip, people go 250 miles to hire a Pentonville, and Western Australia asks for an additional number.’
    • ‘In 1849, the ship Randolph arrived in Port Phillip Bay carrying Pentonvilles.’
    • ‘He was one of the Pentonvilles who were sent to the colonies.’
    • ‘The first group came from Pentonville Prison, and all those following were dubbed Pentons, Pentonvilles, or Pentonvillains.’
    • ‘He is now living on his estate in the old country—lawyers, doctors, and Pentonvilles, labourers, mechanics, and indeed all sorts of men are to be seen there.’
    • ‘Upon arrival in Australia, most Pentonvilles continued their former occupations of picking pockets, petty burglary, and gambling.’