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Joseph Berry

Joseph Berry, one of 280 convicts transported on the Hougoumont, 10 October 1867

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Berry
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1824
Occupation: Shepherd
Date of Death: 1902
Age: 78 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 20 years

Crime: Returning from transportation
Convicted at: Lancashire, Manchester Assizes
Sentence term: 20 years
Ship: Hougoumont
Departure date: 10th October, 1867
Arrival date: 9th January, 1868
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 280 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 244
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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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS:

Joseph Berry had two previous felony convictions, both resulting in substantial jail terms/transportation. This bio starts with those offences.

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TRIAL:

6 December, 1851: He was convicted at the Liverpool Assizes of robbery and sentenced to 10 years’ transportation.

Newspaper report of the trial:

“David Shepherd, 22, and Joseph Berry, 25, were each [sentenced to be] transported for ten years for having assaulted, at Bury, William Bewley, putting him in danger of his life, and stealing from him money and other property.” (Liverpool Standard and General Commercial Advertiser, 16 December 1851, p6).

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

TICKET OF LEAVE:

26 December, 1855: Joseph Berry was not transported. Instead, he was slated to serve out his time in England. His good behaviour in jail gained him a Licence for Parole (Ticket of Leave) #4696, and he was given early release from Portsmouth prison in Hampshire (https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C10340952).

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

TRIAL:

6 December, 1856: While out of jail on parole, he again went before the Liverpool Assizes, and was sentenced to 20 years’ transportation for robbery with violence.

Newspaper report of the trial:

“ASSAULT AND HIGHWAY ROBBERY OF £200. James Close, 35, turner, and Joseph Berry, 30, a labourer at the chemical works, were indicted for having, at Elton, near Bury, on the 8th of November last, assaulted Samuel Ramsbottom and stolen from him £200. Close was acquitted, but Berry, who was a ticket-of-leave man, was found guilty, and sentenced to 20 years’ transportation.” (Liverpool Daily Post, and Bolton Chronicle, 13 December, 1856).

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

TRANSPORTATION:

8 November, 1860: Joseph Berry was sent aboard the Palmerston convict ship for transportation to WA, arriving there on 11 February, 1861 (see https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/berry/joseph/46393).

His behaviour was such that he was granted a Conditional Pardon on 9 June 1865.

Conditional Pardons were “granted to well-behaved convicts who had been transported for life. This allowed them freedom, but they were not to leave the colony”, whereas an Absolute Pardon “gave very well-behaved convicts complete freedom; they could stay in the colony or to return home.” (https://www.nla.gov.au/research-guides/convicts/tickets-of-leave)

When Joseph Berry set foot again on English soil, some time after 9 June 1865, he had violated the terms of his Conditional Pardon. It seems he tempted fate even further by returning to Liverpool.

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

TRIAL:

3 December, 1866: At his third appearance at the Liverpool Assizes in 15 years, he was tried for “being at large without lawful excuse before the expiration of a term of twenty years for which he had been ordered to be transported”. He was convicted and sentenced to another term of 20 years’ penal servitude (i.e. transportation) “and previously thereto to be imprisoned for one week” (England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 for Joseph Berry; England; Lancashire; 1866).

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

JAILS:

December, 1866- September, 1867: Held at SALFORD COUNTY prison, New Bailey Street, Salford, Lancashire (UK, Prison Commission Records, 1770-1951 for Joseph Berry; Pentonville Prison; Register of Prisoners; 1866-1869).

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

3 September, 1867: Admitted to PENTONVILLE prison, Caledonian Road, London—inmate #4190. He was sent from Pentonville to Millbank “for embarkation on board the Hougoumont for Western Australia” (UK, Prison Commission Records, 1770-1951 for Joseph Berry; Pentonville Prison; Register of Prisoners; 1866-1869).

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

28 September, 1867: Admitted to MILLBANK prison, Westminster, London—inmate #3864 (UK, Prison Commission Records, 1770-1951 for Joseph Berry; Millbank Prison; Register of Prisoners; 1867-1868).

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

30 September, 1867: He was sent from Millbank to board the Hougoumont (UK, Prison Commission Records, 1770-1951 for Joseph Berry; Millbank Prison; Register of Prisoners; 1867-1868).

“The hired convict ship Hougoumont, which has been taken up by the Government for the conveyance of a numerous party of convicts to Freemantle, Western Australia, left the Nore on October 1, and proceeded down Channel, after receiving on board 150 convicts from the establishments at Chatham and Millbank…

The steamer Petrel also took down a number of convicts from the establishment at Millbank for shipment on board the Hougoumont, in charge of a strong escort and convict guard. (Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 1867, p4, on Trove at https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28608271).

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

IN WA:

From his FREMANTLE jail record:

BERRY, Joseph; inmate #9663, arrived 10 Jan 1868 per Hougoumont

Date of Birth: 1824
Marital Status: Unmarried
Occupation: Shepherd
Literacy: Semiliterate

Sentence Place: Manchester
Crime: Being in UK while under sentence of transportation
Sentence Period: 20 years
Previous Convictions: Yes

Ticket of Leave Date: 3 May 1875
Certificate of Freedom Date: 14 Apr 1887
Comments: Conditional Release 1877. Labourer, general servant, shepherd (https://fremantleprison.com.au/)

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Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 wrote:

DEATH OF JOSEPH BERRY—August 1902?

“CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS.

The following return has been prepared by tho Superintendent of Public Charities, Mr. J. Longmore, giving particulars of admissions, discharges and deaths in the various charitable institutions of the
State for the month of August:

Old Men’s Home, Perth. - Number in home on July 31, 293: admitted during August, 47; discharged, 44: deaths, 9; remaining on August 31. 266.

Names of those who died: Joseph Florrie, 49; Dennis Felligell, 77; Joseph Berry, 73…” (Western Mail (Perth), 6 Sep 1902, p38 at https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/37544052).

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Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 9th April, 2022 made the following changes:

gender: m

Dianne Jones on 9th April, 2022 made the following changes:

occupation

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crime

Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1824 (prev. 0000)

Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2022 made the following changes:

date of death: 1902 (prev. 0000)

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