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Joseph King

Joseph King, one of 190 convicts transported on the Mangles, July 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph King
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Stonecutter
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 55 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Surrey Special Sessions
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: July, 1824
Arrival date: 27th October, 1824
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 166
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 29th January, 2021 wrote:

BROTHER; George King arrived in the Colony. 1833 per ship; Heroine. Indent No; 11

D Wong on 29th January, 2021 wrote:

Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle London, England
21 Dec 1823

  On Tuesday Joseph King was brought before R. J. Chambers, Esq. charged with the following daring robbery .
  George Stakes stated, that in the afternoon of Wednesday, the 24th of November, about four o’clock, he was going along the Dover-road, when he was suddenly attacked by the prisoner and three other men, who forced a handkerchief into his mouth, hoisted him on their shoulders, and carried him to a house in White Bear-gardens, Kent-street, where they took him up into a room on the first floor, and made him fast to a bedstead with a rope.  After this the prisoner, who was the most active of the gang, pulled out a knife and cut the clothes from his back with such ferocious haste as to inflict several severe wounds in different parts of his body.  They then pulled the boots and stockings off his legs, and all went down, leaving him tied firmly to the bedstead, nearly naked.  One of the men, on leaving the room, siad, “We will fetch up a hammer and knock his brains out.”  After they were gone, he observed a knife at some distance from him, and, be great exertion of strength, he succeeded in dragging the bedstead after him, and getting possession of it.  With this he cut the ropes, and made his escape out of the window.  The clothes were produced which he wore on the day in question, and were cut in various places.  Stakes added, that, on extricating himself, he ran home to his mother’s house, and that evening Grassmith, the officer, was informed of the outrage, with a description of the offenders.
  Mrs. Stakes gave evidence of the wr4etched condition in which her son came home that evening, with scarcely any covering upon him, and part of a rope tied round his throat.  He had several cuts on his arms, thighs, and legs.
  Grassmith, the constable, from the description he received, apprehended the prisoner at a brothel in Kent-street, where he found him concealed in a cupboard.___He was fully committed.

Joseph King was listed as 16 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Bristol.

Occupation: Stone Sawyer.

Joseph was 5’7ΒΌ” tall, pale little freckled complexion, light grey eyes, dark brown hair, not well on arrival, left shoulder higher than the right one.

Assigned to J. Underwood, Sydney.

Maureen Withey on 8th April, 2021 wrote:

National Archives.  Criminal Petitions.

HO 17/15/571824 Jan

Prisoner name: Joseph King.

Prisoner age: 14.

Court and date of trial: Surrey Assizes 1823.

Crime: Highway robbery.

Initial sentence: Transportation for life.

Annotated (Outcome): Refused 26 January 1824.

Petitioner(s): Samuel King, prisoner’s father, George Stokes, prosecutor, and A Garrand.

Grounds for clemency (Petition Details): Distressed father; first offence; good character.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 29th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1808 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 29th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 1808), occupation, crime

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