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Joseph Hunt

Joseph Hunt, one of 172 convicts transported on the Countess of Harcourt, 16 March 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Hunt
Aliases: Joseph Hunt
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: 25th June, 1861
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Accessory to murder
Convicted at: Hertford Special Sessions
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Departure date: 16th March, 1824
Arrival date: 12th July, 1824
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 173 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 117 (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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Anonymous on 15th March, 2012 wrote:

Joseph Henry Blaine Hunt became a Courthouse keeper at the old Bathurst Courthouse and in later life was excepted into the Bathurst police force in N.S.W,."Blaine" was later added to his name for reasons unknown.Joseph married Mary Rogers on the 10.7.1850,they had a daughter called Angela Hunt who was born on the 25.2.1852 and a son by the name of Joseph born 23.2.1855.Joseph died around the year 1861 and is burried in the old catholic section of the Bathurst cemetery

Lesley Connor on 18th April, 2012 wrote:

Joseph Henry Blaine Hunt was his baptised name, however the middle names were not always used.
First married 1823 to Susannah Munday, St Magnus the Martyr in London.
This marriage would have been anulled after 7 years transportation.
Was a tavern keeper in London - Army and Navy Coffee House and the Lyons Head Inn, and a professional singer, as was his brother, Henry.
Father, Thomas was a wine merchant.
Sister, Mary Anne married to Captain Phillip Reilly.
Brother, Henry Blaine Hunt, married to Lydia Merry.

greg petersen on 28th May, 2017 wrote:

The 1823 Radlett murder or Elstree murder, was committed in Radlett, Hertfordshire, England. The victim, William Weare, was killed in Radlett and his body was disposed of in a pond in Elstree. John Thurtell, Joseph Hunt and William Probert were indicted for murder. They were tried at Hertford Assize Court.  Hunt had cooperated the most with the authorities, but Probert who was offered the chance to save himself by turning King’s evidence: giving evidence against the other two in exchange for freedom. Joseph Hunt was tried as an accessory. Thurtell was hanged on 9 January 1824, aged 29. Having denied his crime during his trial, he admitted it on the gallows.
Joseph Hunt was also sentenced to death, but in recognition of his cooperation his sentence was commuted to transportation to an Australian penal colony for life. He was taken to Botany Bay, where after serving his time, he gained his freedom and started a life in Australia, marrying and raising a son and a daughter. He eventually became a police constable, he died in 1861.

William Probert was never punished for Weare’s death. However reports of his involvement in the newspapers meant he was reviled and he became a social outcast. Unable to find work, he resorted to crime to support himself and his wife, and in 1825, at 33, was hanged at Newgate Prison for stealing a horse worth £25 from a relative.

Maureen Withey on 22nd August, 2021 wrote:

Who Married Mary Rogers Was Previously Married To Dr Robert Rogers Who Was Drowned Near Eugowra Nsw Her Maiden Name Was Quin.

Maureen Withey on 22nd August, 2021 wrote:

National Archives. Criminal Petitions.
HO 17/1/151823-1824

1 individual petition (prisoner) on behalf of Joseph Hunt, convicted at the Hertfordshire Assizes in 1824, for aiding and abetting John Thurtell in the murder of William Weare on 24/25 October 1823. Evidences (many of them in the form of copies of depositions/informations/examinations before the coroner and magistrates, sometimes several from each person and including a 25 page set of copy depositions to the coroner) supplied by James Addis, Aldenham, labourer; William Rexworthy, Spring Gardens in Middlesex, billiard table keeper; George Thomas Joseph Ruthen, Bow Street Officer; Thomas Abel Ward, Watford, surgeon; Joseph Johnson, Watford, linen draper; John Herrington, Aldenham, labourer; Richard Hunt, Aldenham, labourer; Charles Nicholls, Batler Green, Aldenham, farmer; William Bulmer, Aldenham, labourer; Susan Woodruffe, Aldenham, spinster; Philip Smith, farmer, Aldenham; James Freeman, Aldenham, labourer; Elizabeth Gillman, Aldenham; John Ilinngton[?], Aldenham, labourer; Elizabeth Freeman; Thomas Bates, Aldenham; Charles Lewin, Watford, liquor merchant; George Jones, Stanmore; James Heward, Hatton Green; Joseph Hunt; Golden Square and William Probert, wine Merchant, Aldenham.

There are also:

  a letter from Robert Peel to the King advising that the prisoner should not hang;
  two maps illustrating the place where the murder was committed and the body hidden;
  covering letters from Benjamin Rooke, coroner, John Gurney and Thomas Lloyd;
  a copy of William Probert’s (an accomplice who gave king’s evidence) detailed narrative of events along with a copy of his examination and statement and several of his letters;
  letter from Robert Clutterbuck to the Home Secretary stating that magistrates had promised the prisoner his life if he helped in the prosecution and a covering letter regarding Probert;
  two unsigned notes;
  copies of the prisoners examination and statement to/before the coroner and his confession with critical annotations and his unsigned deposition (appears to be several copies/versions of these).

Initial sentence: death.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 15th March, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

SmS on 31st October, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1794

D Wong on 31st October, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 25th June, 1861

Nadine Asimus on 1st July, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: Joseph Hunt Who Married Mary Rogers Was Previously Married To Dr Robert Rogers Who Was Drowned Near Eugowra Nsw Her Maiden Name Was Quin

Maureen Withey on 22nd August, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Joseph Hunt (prev. Joseph Hunt Who Married Mary Rogers Was Previously Married To Dr Robert Rogers Who Was Drowned Near Eugowra Nsw Her Maiden Name Was Quin)

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