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Joshua Bushell

Joshua Bushell, one of 164 convicts transported on the Morley, July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joshua Bushell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 19th May, 1871
Age: 75 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: Stealing money
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Morley
Departure date: July, 1818
Arrival date: 7th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 164 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 62
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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Anonymous on 6th August, 2011 wrote:

He was a school teacher convicted for Larsony. He was doing an errand as a messenger and stole some money and ran off to Russia

Denis Pember on 20th April, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey Trial Transcript
Joshua Bushell, Tried 17th September 1817

JOSHUA BUSHELL was indicted for stealing, on 29th of April, two 5l. one 2l, and two 1l., bank notes , the property of Thomas Hancorn .
THOMAS HANCORN. I am a cooper , and live in Old-street - road; the prisoner lived nine months with me. On the 29th of April, I gave him 14l., in two 5l., one 2l., and two 1l., bank notes; he was to go to Mr. Bernard’s in Shoreditch, to take up a bill, at ten o’clock, I was afterwards applied to for the amount of the bill; I found the prisoner at Worship-street in August last; the constable told me, in his presence, that he said he had been to France with the money. The prisoner said he had been to Calais.
Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. I always paid him his wages - I paid him 2l. There had been a dispute between us about three weeks before - He did not agree for any regular salary - He boarded with me.
WILLIAM MERRY. I am a constable. I apprehended the prisoner at the top of his father’s stables, where he was concealed, at Hackney, he told me he meant to go to Russia with the money, and when he got to Calais he could get no farther as he had no passport.
GUILTY. Aged 21.
Transported for Seven Years.
Third Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Denis Pember on 20th April, 2017 wrote:

In the colony, Joshua married Ann Hannah Gregory on 24th June 1826.  Ann Hannah was the daughter of Edward William Gregory (Came Free, 1814, “Surrey”) and Henrietta Benfleet (Convict, 1814, Broxbornebury”).  Her father had abandoned his family and gone back to England in 1816 and her mother had died in 1819.
Ann Hannah had been responsible for her three younger brothers.  Although only 16 when her mother died, Ann had done a sterling job of raising the boys, aged 14, 12 and 7 when their mother died.  She and Joshua had a son, Joshua (jnr) born in 1823 and they subsequently married some time later.
They had two more children, Elizabeth born 1829 and Ann born 1831.

Denis Pember on 20th April, 2017 wrote:

Joshua does not appear in the listing for the 1828 Census.  (It is possible he was away ‘sealing’ at the time.  However, Ann and young Joshua do:
Page 74….
[Ref B3486] Bushell, Ann, 38???, CF, Broxbornebury, 1814, Laundress, at Liverpool Street, Sydney. (She was actually 25 not 38!!!)
[Ref B3487] Bushell, Joshua, 5, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 20th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 19th May, 1871 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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