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Joseph Dunn

Joseph Dunn, one of 100 convicts transported on the Woodford, 29 July 1826

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Dunn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Brickmaker
Date of Death: 1878
Age: 71 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Woodford
Departure date: 29th July, 1826
Arrival date: 22nd November, 1826
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 41 (22). Tasmanian Archives http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-9,290,147,F,60.
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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Bill Taylor on 26th January, 2018 wrote:

Received freedom 1836, had a child with Elizabeth ( ? ) in 1834 daughter Esther baptised Hobart 1836. Joseph then turns up in Sydney c.1840, had a family with Ann Groves, son James William. Later Ann marries James H Collier, James William changes name from Dunn to Collier.

Zoe Cochrane on 28th January, 2021 wrote:

Joseph moved to New South Wales where his two brothers Charles and Nicodemus were living in 1836.  Joseph was the father of Esther Dunn born 15 Dec 1834 at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (mother Elizabeth, maiden name unknown). Joseph then had four more children with Anne Groves - Rebecca Dunn 1842-44; George Dunn 1844-1922; James Dunn Collier 1847-1913; Henry Nicodemus Dunn 1847-1932.  Joseph died at Forbes, New South Wales in 1878.

Zoe Cochrane on 28th January, 2021 wrote:

Joseph was the son of Charles Dunn & Esther Bedwin.

Maureen Withey on 28th January, 2021 wrote:

1541. NICODEMUS DUNN , CHARLES DUNN , JOSEPH DUNN , MICHAEL LEARY , and GEORGE MOSS , were indicted for stealing, on the 29th of September , four live tame geese, price 12 s. , the property of Alexander Fletcher .
JOHN ROGERS . I am servant to Mr. Alexander Fletcher , of Homerton . On the morning of Michaelmas day, about ten o’clock, I went to open a gate, about four miles from my master’s house, and saw all the prisoners except Leary, playing at pitch in the hole - they were in my master’s field; I ordered them out - they refused to go because my master would not give them a job. I left them, and in about an hour heard a great noise among the geese, which were let out in the field - I went and missed four; I had seen them all safe about nine o’clock. I and my master went and found three of them lying dead - one had its head cut off, and the others were cut in the head - they were in the field. One of them was thrown over the hedge. We took them home, and went to look for the other, and at the end of the path we saw the five prisoners sitting on a gate - they walked round the field; we went on, and the constable took them.
JAMES MORTON . I am a basket maker, and live at Homerton. On Michaelmas day, I was going along the field, and saw two bricklayers before me, and a young man behind me. The path is a thoroughfare, two geese were lying on the right side of the path, and one on the left - I jumped over the fence, and threw them into the footpath. We took them to Mr. Fletcher’s house. I saw Rogers in the field; we went to look for the other one - and saw the five prisoners sitting on a white gate, about a quarter of a mile from where the geese were. They walked away; we went back - but the officers called us, and we went after them; I saw them sitting by the side of the river Lea; they walked over the locked gate - we pursued them, and they walked through a branch of the river; it was about up to their knees.
JOHN GARVA . I am a constable. I went after the prisoners, and saw them cross the river. I went through after them. Moss was secured, and brought to us. I knew him before, and am sure he is one of them. There was blood on his coat, and I found a knife on him - he said the blood was with liver, which he went to get for his mother, and put it under his coat.
NICODEMUS DUNN . Q. Did not Moss tell you, Charles Dunn cut off the goose’s head - A. No.
COURT. Q. Look at this deposition, is your signature to it - A. Yes.
Q. It says here,
“Moss confessed it, and said that Charles Dunn cut off the heads” - A. Yes, but I understood the prisoner to ask me if I did not tell Moss to say so - he did say Charles Dunn cut the head off.
JOSHUA POTTER . I am a constable. I apprehended all the prisoners but Moss, about a quarter past six o’clock, on the 29th of September. Nicodemus Dunn had a fowl; I found a bloody knife on him, and a box of dominos.
ROBERT PRESCOTT . I was in company with Garva - as we went along, Moss said that Charles Dunn cut the head off one of the geese, and he was frightened, and ran off; that Nicodemus Dunn took the other geese over into the next field.
NICODEMUS DUNN ‘s Defence. I ran away, because I thought the officers were after me for pitching in the hole, on Sunday.
CHARLES DUNN’s Defence. We saw them coming after us, and I walked through the old river, and went to Walthamstow, and picked this fowl up in the forest ready trussed.
Confined One Year .
LEARY - GUILTY . Aged 12.
MOSS - GUILTY . Aged 12.
Fined One Shilling and Discharged.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

JOSEPH DUNN, CHARLES DUNN, Theft > grand larceny, 6th April 1826.
849. JOSEPH DUNN and CHARLES DUNN were indicted for stealing, on the 20th of March , 6 yards of bed furniture, value 8s.; 2 shirts, value 24s.; 1 tablecloth, value 8s., and 4 handkerchiefs, value 4s. , the goods of Thomas William Charles Edwards .
MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the prosecution.
THOMAS WILLIAM CHARLES EDWARDS. I live at Homerton . I employed Ann Hand to wash for me. On Monday, the 20th of March, I had occasion to go into the garden, while the clothes were hanging out, and about a quarter before seven o’clock I went into the garden again, when one of the lines was cut and gone; I had given Hand my bed furniture to wash.
ANN HAND . I was employed on the 20th of March, to wash for this gentleman; there was one line, which contained four half-handkerchiefs, a small window curtain, two of master’s linen shirts, the bed furniture, and a large table-cloth. I had seen them all safe about half-past six o’clock, when I went for a pail of water; my master called me about seven, and the line was cut at each end, and the things all gone. The line was fourteen yards long; I can swear to the bed furniture - I had separated it for the purpose of being washed, and it corresponds exactly.
WILLIAM COWLING . I am a constable of Hackney. - On the 25th of March I apprehended the two prisoners - I did not search them, but Attfield did.
WILLIAM ATTFIELD . I was with the constable. I searched Joseph Dunn on the 25th of March, about eleven o’clock in the morning, at Hackney, and found this bed furniture, quite wet, wrapped round his body, under his clothes. I asked how he came by it, and he said it was his own - that he had had it washed, and was going to sell it to his brother, at Clapton, as he was very much in want of money, and if any body else could own it he must suffer for it. Garton (who was with me) found this piece of print, which appears to be the same furniture, in the hat of Charles Dunn; I did not hear what he said about it.
CHARLES DUNN’S Defence. As I was coming home I met a watchman in the field, and coming over the fields I saw something white in a dry ditch; I took it home, and showed it to my landlady. On the Sunday some persons came in, and said I had better take it to the first public-house, nearest to where I found it; I was going the next morning to take it to the White Horse public-house, and while I was there Mr. Attfield took my brother; I went with them, and at Worship-street I pulled off my hat, and he saw what was in it.
Transported for Seven Years .

Convict Changes History

Bill Taylor on 26th January, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Nell Murphy on 26th January, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 41 (22). Tasmanian Archives http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-9,290,147,F,60. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Pro

Zoe Cochrane on 28th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1878 (prev. 0000)

Maureen Withey on 28th January, 2021 made the following changes:


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