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Mark Joseph Jowsey

Mark Joseph Jowsey, one of 299 convicts transported on the Marion, 27 September 1847

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mark Joseph Jowsey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1829
Occupation: Errand boy
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 10 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Marion
Departure date: 27th September, 1847
Arrival date: 9th January, 1848
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 212
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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D Wong on 13th August, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey:
MARK JOSEPH JOWSEY, Theft > burglary, 3rd February 1845.

Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation

MARK JOSEPH JOWSEY was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of Jan., at St. Luke, Chelsea, 2 half-crowns, 10 shillings, 10 sixpences, 24 pence, and 24 halfpence, the monies of Henry Robert Middleton, in his dwelling-house; and afterwards, about the hour of two in the night, burglariously breaking out of the said dwelling-house.
HENRY ROBERT MIDDLETON . I keep the D’Oyley Arms public-house in Marlborough-road, in the parish of St. Luke, Chelsea—the prisoner has been in my service four or five months, but was not at the time of this transaction. On the 20th of Jan. I was the last person up—I examined the house before I went to bed—it was all shut up, and the doors and windows safe—I went to bed about half-past one—there was 1l. in silver on the mantelpiece, and 3s. in coppers on the desk in the bar, which I left for the use of the servant, to give change with in the morning—in consequence of what I was told in the morning, I went to make inquiries of the prisoner—he told me he had been to the theatre that night—I could get nothing from him, and gave him into custody.

Prisoner’s Defence. The money was my own, and what I had saved up while I lived with Mr. Middleton; I had it in my pocket, and put in the garden, as the boy at the house said I had been robbing Mr. Middleton.
GUILTY. Aged 16.— Transported for Ten Years.

Mark Joseph Jowsey arrived in Port Phillip as an ‘exile’ convict.  He is listed on the NSW Gov. Convict records - no record of him in Tasmanian records.

Mark’s father was George Joyeuse Jowsey, born 1790 in Morpeth, Northumberland, moved to London and was employed as a Gentleman’s Servant. He married Margaret Bourke in 1822 at Chelsea. A first-born daughter, named Frances, died soon after her birth in 1826. Their eldest son Mark Joseph Jowsey was born in 1828; three more boys followed, one of whom died soon after birth. Mark’s mother died when he was 9 years old.
George Jowsey was then a 46 year old labourer, he then married Elizabeth Amis, aged 21.  They had 8 more children, the last born in 1855 when George was 65.

Mark Joseph had 4 years of schooling, when he was 10 he was employed as an errand boy at Public Houses in Chelsea, but fell in with rough comany and turned to petty pilfering.
Mark spent 10 day stretched in prison for stealing spoons and fighting.
After being dismissed from the D’Oyley arms in 1844, Mark then burgled the public house, he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years transportation.

Mark arrived at Williamstown, Port Phillip and was immediately granted a CP.
Employed as a /waiter and general servant by G. Jackson of Mount Macedon at £15 per annum.

Nothing further found.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 13th August, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1829 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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