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Joseph Bull

Joseph Bull, one of 144 convicts transported on the Adamant, 26 March 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Bull
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 3rd November, 1797
Occupation: Framework knitter
Date of Death: 10th June, 1871
Age: 73 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: Felony
Convicted at: Leicester Boro' Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Adamant
Departure date: 26th March, 1821
Arrival date: 8th September, 1821
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 143 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 11 (7)
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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D Wong on 5th January, 2014 wrote:

Joseph Bull was the son of Thomas Bull and Sarah BLull, Leicestershire.  He fought alongside is father in the battle of Waterloo, losing the thumb of his left hand in battle.

Sent to Windsor and assigned to William Clarke, Wilberforce.

6/10/1825: TOL
31/10/1827: COF

11/1/1837: Married Elizabeth Dowie at St Andrew’s Church, Sydney.  They had 9 children.

Joseph became a licensed Auctioneer and Postmaster at Goulburn, co-founder of a business firm Bull and Woodward, warden at St Saviours Church, an elected member of various committees including the Goulurn Hospital, Fire Brigade, Agricultural Society, Goulburn School and Goulburn Railway.

He became a very successful business man.

10/6/1871: Joseph died of Apoplexy, aged 73.
21/6/1877: Elizabeth died, aged 61.  They are buried at St Saviour’s Anglican Cemetery, Goulburn.

Joseph and Elizabeth Bull had owned the colonial villa “St Clair”, in Sloane Street Goulburn, now home to the Goulburn District Historical Society.

Maureen Withey on 23rd December, 2019 wrote:

Adamant: Surgeon’s Log: National Archives ADM 101/1/2/2   1821
Folio 1: 19th March 1821; received eighty convicts from the Justitia, No sick.
Folios 20-26: Joseph Bull, aged 22, convict, taken ill at sea; sick or hurt, fever, great headache and pain of his back and joints; put on sick list 20 May 1821, discharged 4 June 1821.

Maureen Withey on 23rd December, 2019 wrote:

On Saturday evening (the Goulburn Herald writes), the residents of this city heard with regret of the somewhat sudden death of Mr. Joseph Bull, sen., one of the oldest and most respected of our citizens. Mr. Bull had been in the city transacting business during the day, and went to his residence between 3 and 4 o’clock. On arriving home he retired to his room, and seated himself in a chair to rest when he suddenly expired, before medical aid could be called. On his death becoming known, all the business places were partially closed, out of respect to the deceased. Mr. Bull was the owner of considerable property, which he had accumulated by a life of industry and perseverance. He was born at Hinchley, in Leicestershire, on the 3rd November, 1797, and had thus attained the ripe age of seventy-four years and seven months.  He acted as postmaster in Goulburn for 18 years, and was churchwarden of St.Saviour’s for 30 years. He has been about 40 years in the colony. His funeral, on Tuesday last, was attended by most of the leading citizens, an evidence of the esteem in which he was held.
Manaro Mercury, 17 June 1871.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 5th January, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth 3rd November, 1797, date of death 10th June, 1871, gender, occupation, crime

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