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Joseph Eccles

Joseph Eccles, one of 270 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 24 March 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Eccles
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 16th January, 1850
Age: 52 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 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Sess.
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 24th March, 1838
Arrival date: 21st July, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 217 (110)
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 10th August, 2012 wrote:

Joseph Eccles was transported for stealing wheat.  He was 40 years old, could read, was married with 2 children, 5’4" tall, dark sallow complexion, dark brown hair mixed with grey, blue eyes, hairy breast, nail of middle finger left hand split, scar on each shin.

1845: TOL: Maitland.

16/1/1850: Died Maitland. (Convict Death Register.

Maiatland Mercury 19/1/1850: SUDDEN DEATH:  On Wednesday morning a man named Joseph Eccles dropped down in High Street, and almost instantly expired.

Eccles had been for some months in the employ of Mr. Wakely, and had that morning left him to go up the country with the team of Mr Dunsmore.  Dunsmore called in at the shop of Mr Graham, saddler, to purchase some harness, leaving Eccles standing by the leading horse of the team; he had scarcely got into the shop, however, when Eccles, who appeared quite well up to that moment, was seen to fall forward on his face, and remained quite still;  the bystanders hurried up, and lifted him, and observed a little blood issuing from his mouth;  a medical man passing at the time went to the spot, and perceiving that Eccles as seized with apoplexy he bled him, but in a few moments Eccles expired. 

He was not an intemperate man, and had never been observed to be an ailing man.  An inquest was held on the body the same day before J.S. Parker, Esq., and a verdict was returned of died by the visitation of God.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 10th August, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1798-00-00, date of death 1850-01-16, gender m

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