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Joseph Bonney

Joseph Bonney, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Bonney
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 10th July, 1776
Occupation: Baker
Date of Death: 17th February, 1827
Age: 50 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 Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Suffolk Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 123 (63)
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

Anonymous on 5th August, 2011 wrote:

Joseph arrived in NSW 7 Feb 1814 then transhipped to Port Dalrymple VDL per ‘Spring’ later in 1814.
He married bigamously an Ann Sheridan (various spellings)in 1816 and had two children.  His wife Frances, nee Atkins, arrived from England in 1818 with some of his eight children.

Ashleigh Neame on 5th November, 2012 wrote:

Was married twice. Second wife Ann was a convict herself, and their marriage was illegal.

JACQUELYN DAWSON on 9th April, 2017 wrote:

Joseph Bonney and first wife Frances Atkin had a son James Henry Bonney who married Harriet Reeve in 1814 (Tasmania) their daughter Frances Atkins born 1869 married Johann William Hinkler and they had a son Herbert John Louise Hinkler “Bert” Hinkler Historic Australian Aviator born 1892 Bundaberg Queensland and died 1933 in Italy whilst flying from England to Australia

JACQUELYN DAWSON on 15th January, 2018 wrote:

Married Frances Atkins 27/10/1795 Surrey UK had 8 children
Married 2nd wife Rose Ann Sheridan in Risden Prison 21/3/1816 (bigomy convicted 6/5/1818)had 2 children.
1818: First wife Frances and some of her children emigrated to Tasmania. 
1836: Son James Bonney (27yr)  married Harriet Reeve (22)
1862: their son James(25 yrs)  Married Mary Noakes (22yr)
1892: their daughter Frances Atkin(23) married Johann William Hinkler (37yr)
1893: A son born Herbert John Louis Hinkler Australian Aviator (Bert Hinkler).

JACQUELYN DAWSON on 14th October, 2019 wrote:

Wife Frances Atkins they had 8 children. in 1816 he married Rose (Ann) Sheridan. There was no record of Divorce from Frances. Rose and Joseph had 2 children Eleanor who died 11days and Joseph Henry born 1820 died 1875. Frances arrived in Tasmania with some of her children in 1817 who married and moved onto mainland Australia.  Bert Hinkler born 1892 was Great Grandson of Joseph.

Convict Changes History

Ashleigh Neame on 5th November, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 10th July, 1776, date of death 17th February, 1827, gender, crime

JACQUELYN DAWSON on 15th January, 2018 made the following changes:


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