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Ambrose Jones

Ambrose Jones, one of 237 convicts transported on the Eden, 30 September 1848

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ambrose Jones
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1825
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 1897
Age: 72 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Warwick, Boro of Birmingham Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Eden
Departure date: 30th September, 1848
Arrival date: 21st January, 1849
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip
Passenger manifest Travelled with 236 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 345 (174)
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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Community Contributions

Kevin Egan on 17th July, 2012 wrote:

Married to Mary O’Loughlin (Loughlin) Geelong NSW on 07 OCT 1850

name on Death REG Ambrose James Jones Death Certificate No 11794
Fathers name Charles Jones on Marriage Reg
Died age 77 Bungaree Victoria

Kevin Egan on 19th July, 2016 wrote:

Seems to have some Mischievous Contribution here Claiming Alias to Ambrose Jones on the Eden

D Wong on 20th July, 2016 wrote:

Ambrose Jones is not listed on Tasmanian Convict Records so he was obviously disembarked at Port Phillip.  He should be listed on the NSW Gov. Records, but it is not available online at the moment.

1850: Married Mary and had 8 children - Ambrose, Catherine, Charles, Emma, Ellen, Esther, Richard and Wiliam.

Stephen R. Lewis on 9th February, 2017 wrote:

Ambrose was sentenced to 7 yrs Transportation for stealing a coat belonging to Elizabeth Henley whilst attending the Birmingham Steeple Chase Races (as reported in the Birmingham Journal on Saturday March 13th 1847). He was held at Pentonville Prison (June 1847), before sailing on the Eden (departing Plymouth on October 5th 1848). It appears he had his sentence commuted / pardoned ....perhaps because of his skill or profession.  Ambrose became a successful businessman in operating a haulage business between Geelong/Melbourne and Ballaarat, and was acknowledged as one of Ballaarats’ Pioneers (his photo is included in a portrait compilation that was hung in the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute
( https://victoriancollections.net.au/items/540fc6a62162f10afc22e8d9 ).
Ambrose had 12 children in total : Emma (1851), Charles (1852), Mary Ann (1855), Esther (1856), George (1858), Bridget (1861), Richard (1861), Merinda (1862), Ellen (1863), Ambrose (1867), William (1869), and Catherine (1871).
Kevin ...you’re obviously descended from Catherine ....who married Michael James Egan.

Stephen R. Lewis on 9th February, 2017 wrote:

In addition, Ambrose is buried in Ballaarat “New” Centery with wife Mary (Roman Catholic Area A, Section 17, Grave 6). Along side this is a grave simply marked “Jones”.

Stephen R. Lewis on 10th February, 2017 wrote:

There is some confusion over the age and precise birth of Ambrose Jones in Birmingham (Warwickshire). On arrival in Port Phillip in 1849 his age is stated as 24 - Public Record Office of Victoria, Index to Assisted to British Immigration (...and therefore born in 1825). His Gravestone epitaph in Ballaarat however implies he was born in 1820 (died in 1897 aged 77, so born in 1820).  My UK Research has revealed Ambrose was baptised on 27th June 1825 (Father Charles, and Mother Ann). The latter were married in 1816 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.  There is no record of the “Charles Jones” family in the UK 1841 Census of the Birmingham area - though there is an Ann Jones family residing in St Nicholas Parish, Worcester (mother Ann, and daughters Ann and Emma). Ambrose Jones also resides in the Parish and lodging at a Blacksmiths (Henry Evans : Butts Insull Buildings). Ambrose would have been 16 years of age but is registered as 20 years of age.  In unravelling this conundrum, it is clear that Ambrose named his first child after his younger sister (Emma), his second child after his father (Charles), and his third child after his mother (Mary Ann).

Convict Changes History

Kevin Egan on 17th July, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1897-00-00, gender m

John La Mude on 17th July, 2016 made the following changes:

voyage, firstname: John (prev. Ambrose), surname: La Mude (prev. Jones)

D Wong on 20th July, 2016 made the following changes:

voyage, firstname: Ambrose (prev. John), surname: Jones (prev. La Mude)

D Wong on 9th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), crime

Stephen R. Lewis on 10th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1825 (prev. 1819)

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