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Jacob Josephson

Jacob Josephson, one of 170 convicts transported on the Neptune, December 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jacob Josephson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 21st April, 1782
Occupation: Silversmith
Date of Death: 6th December, 1845
Age: 63 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 14 years

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Oxford City Quarter Session Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Neptune
Departure date: December, 1817
Arrival date: 5th May, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 168 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 416
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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Eric Harry Daly on 1st January, 2013 wrote:

Jacob Josephson, born 21 Apr 1782 in Breslau, Prussia (now Wroclaw Poland) and died 6 Dec 1845 in Marrickville Sydney, buried in St Peter’s Petersham was the son of Joseph Lazarus Josephson and Rachel Tachyczowski.
Sentenced in Oxford England on 13 Oct 1817 to 14 years transportation for having stolen property and forged bank notes in his possesion.
Listed as Hebrew Teacher, 5’ 4” with dark ruddy complexion, black hair and dark eyes.
A silver smith and jeweller, he was also a teacher for the Society for the Propagation of Christanity to the Jews. He arrived in Sydney NSW on 15 May 1818 on the Neptune and in October 1818 open a jewellers shop in Pitt St Sydney and received a conditional pardon on the 30 Jun 1820. He was frequently involved in legal and bussines scandals, imprisoned in 1827 for bankruptcy he later became an inkeeper in Penrith and later Newcastle. He purchased Enmore House in 1841, it was built in 1835 by Captain Sylvester Brown, a master mariner with the East India Company, he wrote Robbery Under Arms under the name Rolf Bolderwood.
A son of Jacob’s, Joshua Frey Josephson would later become the Mayor of Marrickville Sydney in 1901.

Sue O'Donnell on 26th September, 2013 wrote:

Sentenced Oxford for 14 years on 13 October,1817 for having stolen property in his possession(transported from UK for possessing “forged” banknotes

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 1st January, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 21st April, 1782, date of death 6th December, 1845, gender, occupation, crime

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