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Joseph Gray

Joseph Gray, one of 156 convicts transported on the Speke, 13 December 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Gray
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 28th October, 1880
Age: 79 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Speke
Departure date: 13th December, 1820
Arrival date: 18th May, 1821
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 155 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 425 (214)
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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Phil Hands on 10th March, 2018 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 18th September 1820 for highway robbery, sentenced to transportation for life.
Left England on 22nd December 1820.
Ship:- the ‘Speke I’ sailed with 156 male convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 18th May 1821.

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18200918-12

1025. JOSEPH GRAY was indicted for feloniously assaulting James Everitt on the King’s highway, on the 2nd September , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, one watch, value 5 l.; one chain, value 2 l.; two seals, value 2 l., and one key, value 8 s., his property .
JAMES EVERITT . I am a backmaker, and live in Compton-street, Clerkenwell. On the 2d of September, about three o’clock in the afternoon, I was told the Queen was passing, and went to the end of the street into Goswell-street . A number of people were collected, and as I got to the end of the street, the prisoner struck me in the lower part of my belly, and pulled my watch out in an instant as he struck me. I saw him hand it over to his companions, and secured him immediately. I am sure he is the man. I have not recovered it.
ALLEN SPRAGG . I am servant to Mr. Everitt. I saw the Queen coming up Goswell-street, and fetched my master to the corner of Compton-street, and saw the prisoner snatch the watch from his pocket, I immediately laid hold of him, and saw it pass to another.
GUILTY . Aged 18.
Of stealing from the person only. - Transported for Life .
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Married free settler Ruth Lord (daughter of convict Ann Hayhurst, ‘Broxbornebury’ 1814) in 1828 at Parramatta, they had 9 children between 1830-1856.

Ruth died on 3rd June 1866 at Parramatta age 54.
Joseph died on 28th October 1880 at Parramatta age 79.

Sydney Morning Herald Friday 29th October 1880 p. 1
October 28, at his residence, Church-street, Parramatta, Joseph Gray sen., in his 79th year.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 10th March, 2018 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 28th October, 1880 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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