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Joseph Balls

Joseph Balls, one of 240 convicts transported on the William Metcalf, 23 May 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Balls
Aliases: Ball
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: Gardener
Date of Death: 10th October, 1864
Age: 65 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 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Bedford Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: William Metcalf
Departure date: 23rd May, 1834
Arrival date: 4th September, 1834
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 240 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 363 (183)
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

D Wong on 17th January, 2014 wrote:

Joseph Balls was 35 years old on arrival.  He was convicted along with Samuel Daniels (Bengal Merchant 1834) for stealing Barley and Beans.

Joseph was 5’7 3/4” tall, dark hazel eyes, dark brown hair, scar on forefinger of right hand, married with wife Sonia at Sandy, Bedford.

21/10/1842: TOL
3/8/1843: Free Certificate.

1844: Married Sarah Lamb (Edward).
5/7/1856: He ordered Sarah out of the house, with a gun.
3/11/1858: Sarah left him
14/1/1860: Sarah left again.

They were living at Windmill Hill where Joseph was a gardener.

22/10/1864: Launceston Examiner:
On the 10th inst., a man named Joseph Ball 65 years of age, for many years a market gardener in the town, committed suicide whilst in a temporary state of insanity, by throwing himself head first into a cesspool.  He had lately given way to drink and on searching for him, to her horror, his wife saw the deceased head first in the cesspool with his legs sticking up.

He was lifted out by neighbours, gave one gasp, but was then pronounced dead by Dr. Maddox.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 17th January, 2014 made the following changes:

alias1: Ball, date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000), date of death: 10th October, 1864 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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