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Joseph Blackson

Joseph Blackson, one of 320 convicts transported on the Lord William Bentinck, 11 April 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Blackson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: 1880
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Theft~housebreaking
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Lord William Bentinck
Departure date: 11th April, 1838
Arrival date: 26th August, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 319 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 242
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

Les Martin on 28th January, 2013 wrote:

Joseph Blackson married Jane Brown and had a tailor shop in melbourne

D Wong on 30th January, 2013 wrote:

Joseph was 21 years old on arrival in VDL.  Transported for stealing 4 spoons £1.4s., 1 watch £1.10s., 1 handkerchief 1s., 7 sovereigns, 1s 6d., 18 fourpences, and 1 £5 bank note, the goods of Sarah Harris.

Joseph was 5’4” tall, grey eyes, black hair, single, dark complexion, ring middle finger left hand (C) JB & NCJL (To the) and wreath left arm.

1842: Was a Constable.
24/12/1844: Recommended for a CP
16/121845: CP
24/1/1852: Free Certificate.

Married Jane Brown in Tasmania.

23/5/1852: Steerage Passenger per City of Melbourne, Launceston to Melbourne.

4/3/1857: Mrs Blackson and 7 children, steerage passengers, Hobart to Melbourne per City of Hobart.

13/7/1859 The Argus, Melbourne: William Brown aged 58 years died.  Lately the Town Crier of Hobart Town, Tasmania.

He had taken passage on board the Tasmania, Steamship, from Hobart Town, with the intention of residing in Melbourne, with his son-in-law, Mr Joseph Blackson of 117 Flinders Street.

The passage was long, the weather being unfavorable, he became will with a severe cough and having difficulty in breathing - he died in his cabin on Sunday morning.

8/5/1880 The Argus: Funeral Notice of Joseph Blackson.  He was buried at the Melbourne General Cemetery.

11/5/1880: The Will of Joseph Blackson, late of 186 Bourke Street, East, Clothier and Draper, granted to Ellen Grimwood, wife of Leonard Grimwood of Napier Street, Fitzroy, the sole executrix.  (Ellen was his daughter).

12/10/1867: Jane died at 186 Bourke Street, 3 months after the birth of her 14th child.  She was 38 years old.

Convict Changes History

Les Martin on 28th January, 2013 made the following changes:

gender, crime

D Wong on 30th January, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1817, date of death 1880, occupation

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