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Lydia Astell

Lydia Astell, one of 61 convicts transported on the Janus, 23 October 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Lydia Astell
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Shosebinder
Date of Death: 15th November, 1859
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Passing forged notes
Convicted at: Sussex Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Janus
Departure date: 23rd October, 1819
Arrival date: 3rd May, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 81 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 243 (123)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

Anonymous on 3rd March, 2012 wrote:

Became pregnant to first mate John Hedges whilst on the voyage to Aust aboard the Convict Ship "Janus" in 1820. Inquiry re Prostitution on the Janus followed and the magistrate concluded that the charges were well founded. Assigned to Nicholas Bayly of Bayly Park. Nov 1821 Lydia married, in St John’s Parramatta, convict Thomas Barnes. 1824 Tried to escape the colony aboard the "Rambler" and was sent to the Female Factory. Eventually settled down and ran the "Trafalgar Inn" at Meadow Flat NSW and "Golden Fleece " Kelso. Died 15 Nov 1859 at Goulburn NSW.

Marg Curd on 3rd March, 2012 wrote:

Continuation…23 Mar 1810 married Benjamin Esden at St Martin in the Fields London. Tried at Sussex Assizes March 1819 for attempting to pass forged notes. TOL 1828..

sconstable on 4th February, 2016 wrote:

She is my great great great great great great grandmother

Convict Changes History

Daphne Switzer on 14th February, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1796-00-00, date of death 1859-00-00, gender f

Jennifer Mullin on 16th June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 15th November, 1859 (prev. 1859)

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