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Morris Barrett

Morris Barrett, one of 267 convicts transported on the Isabella, 15 January 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Morris Barrett
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1822
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1896
Age: 74 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 15th January, 1842
Arrival date: 19th May, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 269 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 3 (3)
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

Robynne Simmons on 30th June, 2019 wrote:

He married Mary Johnson b 1834 d 1919
In 1851
they went on to have 5 children.
He died on the 26th Oct 1896 and is buried in the Dunolly pioneers Cemetery Dunolly Victoria Australia with his beloved wife Mary.

D Wong on 1st July, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: simple larceny.
4th January 1841
Verdict Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation

MORRIS BARRETT was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of December, 16lbs. weight of iron chain, value 8s.; and 18lbs. weight of rope, value 7s. 6d.; the goods of Charles Barclay and others.

WILLIAM CORBIN. I am a drayman, in the service of Charles Barclay and others, brewers. I was delivering beer on the 24th of December, at half-past five o’clock, at Mr. Coley’s, in Brick-lane, St. Luke’s—we left this chain and rope on the dray we had, and went into the public-house to get our note signed—we came out in about five minutes, and they were gone—I saw the chain again on the 29th—it has master’s initials on it.

JOHN JONES. I keep a marine-store shop in Brick-lane. About seven o’clock on the 24th of December, the prisoner brought this chain to me, and asked me to buy it—I said I would buy it if it was a thing I should buy—he pulled it out—I asked how he got it, he said he found it coming up Holborn—I looked at it—the officer came in, and I handed it to him.

THOMAS JONES (police-constable G 112.) I had information, and went to different shops—I saw the chain on Jones’s counter—I went in, and the prisoner was there—J asked Jones who brought it, he said the prisoner—the prisoner said he found it coming down Holborn.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was coming from my father’s, and at the top of Farringdon-street picked up this chain.

GUILTY. Aged 20.— Transported for Seven Years.

Morris Barrett was listed as 21 years old on arrival.
Place of Birth: St. Lukes.

Occupation: Bricklayers labourer.

Morris was illiterate, 5’2½” tall, dark complexion, black hair and whiskers, blue eyes, scar on throat, pockmark on right arm, single, RC.

Father: William at native place
Mother: Ellen
2 brothers and 1 sister.

21/12/1843: Extended term of Probation Expired.

24/1/1846: TOL

11/1/1847: Free Certificate

1851: Married Mary Johnstone at the Presbyterian Church, Geelong, Victoria.

Children: Listed on the Vic BDM:
1852: Edward Cornelius, born Geelong.
1854: Maurice, born Geelong.
1859: Jane, born Dunolly, Vic.
1861: Eliza, born Dunolly, Vic.

1896: Morris died at Dunolly, Vic.
Parents: Ellen Reynard and William Barrett.

3/11/1896 The Age, Melbourne:
DUNOLLY, Monday.
Morris Barrett, aged 74, colonist of 55 years.

Convict Changes History

Robynne Simmons on 30th June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1822 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1896 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 1st July, 2019 made the following changes:


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