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Josias Austin

Josias Austin, one of 269 convicts transported on the Layton, 26 August 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Josias Austin
Aliases: Josiah
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 20th January, 1883
Age: 86 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing a sheep
Convicted at: Devon Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Layton
Departure date: 26th August, 1835
Arrival date: 10th December, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 126
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

Faye Thornton on 18th May, 2017 wrote:

Received Ticket of leave Jul 1844

D Wong on 20th May, 2017 wrote:

Josias Austin was listed as 39 years on arrival in VDL.  His native place was Devon.

Josia had been suspected of stealing sheep before ### poor.

Description List - Listed as Josiah was 5’6 1/4” tall, brown complexion, brown hair, reddish brown whiskers, grey eyes, several brown moles on breast.

Married, 6 children, Wife Cathe. (??Catherine??) at Devon.

1835 Muster: Public Works.

1/5/1844: TOL

15/10/1845: Launceston - Permission to marry Anna Johnson, 28, Servant - he was 48, Labourer, widower.

15/10/1845: Married at Trinity Church, Launceston.
2/12/1845: Female (name not given) born Launceston, Josiah listed as a labourer, living in the George Town area.
16/6/1848: Ellen Austin born Launceston, Josiah was listed as a farmer and the mother was Hannah Austin/formerly Johnstone.

5/10/1847: CP

10/4/1851: Hanna Austin died of Inflammation on the lungs at Launceston, she was 35 years old.

1/12/1851: Married Mary Traynor, (Waverley 1847) aged 30, a spinster with a TOL - Josiah was 54, farmer,
married at St Joseph’s, Launceston.
No children found.

8/8/1878: Mary Traynor/Austin died at Launceston, aged 65 years, senility, farmer’s wife.

20/1/1883: Josiah Austin died at Launceston, aged 85, of Senility, listed as a Land holder.

Convict Changes History

Faye Thornton on 18th May, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), date of death: 20th January, 1883 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 20th May, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: Josiah, occupation

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