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Joseph Knowles

Joseph Knowles, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Knowles
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 5th July, 1822
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 126
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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Ann Marie Gould on 27th April, 2020 wrote:

5 July 1822 – Hanged at Sydney for burglary from John Price’s residence at the Parramatta Toll-House

Maureen Withey on 12th July, 2020 wrote:

George Barke and Joseph Knowles, were indicted for burglariously breaking, and entering the dwelling-house of John Price, at the toll-house on the Great Western-road, near Parramatta, on the night of the 29th of May, and taking therefrom upwards of £60 in notes and cash, a chest of tea, a quantity of soap and sugar, and all the wearing apparel that could be mustered.
The prosecutor stated, that his house was entered at midnight by three men ; one of them, whom he positively swore to be the prisoner Knowles, brought him to the ground with two blows of a pistol or bludgeon, and forced him under the bed. The robbers then lighted two lamps to enable them to ransack the house, in which they continued upwards of an hour, occasionally threatening to blow the brains out of the first that would attempt to move.  He, the witness, informed the Court, that the prisoner Knowles had much disfigured his face for the purpose of securing his features from recognition, but that his ingenuity had been unavailing, as he had no hesitation or doubt in swearing him to be one of the men.  Joseph Warren, government servant to the foregoing witness, deposed, that he was alarmed about midnight by a voice at the gate, as if requiring in the usual way to obtain an entrance, and he accordingly went out, but could see no one; but, on his return, after having latched the door, in the act of securing the bolt, it was violently burst in by 3 men, 1 of whom felled him to the ground with two severe blows on the head, which were given, he positively affirmed again and again, by the prisoner Barke, who is a foreigner; and who had been in the habit, together with the prisoner Knowles, of occasionally frequenting the house; and thus the voice of Barke had became familiar to the witness, so well known in fact, to use the words of the man himself, he would have known his voice even if underground.  The third man (the approver) seemed to be stationed as a guard ; and the witness said, that he had also been compelled to roll himself under the bedstead with his bleeding master.
Mrs Price deposed, that the tall man (Knowles), to prevent her screams being heard, enveloped her in a blanket, threatening to commit murder if her cries ceased not. A poor little child, of only three years old, was told her brains would be blown out, if she also did not desist from giving alarm.  The testimony of Mrs. Price, who is far advanced in pregnancy, portrayed the conduct of the robbers in the blackest and most abhorrent colouring. The poor woman begged to be allowed a petticoat to put on, when the prisoner Barke exclaimed, he would not leave an article of clothing in the house.  Their manner was brutal in the extreme.  Mrs. Price positively identified the prisoners at the bar to be two of the burglars.  Dennis Donovan, an approver, confirmed the identity of the prisoners, acknowledging himself to have been the third man who had committed the robbery in company with the prisoners at the bar. Guilty. Remanded.
Sydney Gazette, 14 Jan 1822.

The following prisoners received sentence of Death : … , George Barke, and Joseph Knowles.
The Court adjourned sine die.
Sydney Gazette, 21 Jun 1822.

EXECUTION — On Friday last were executed, pursuant to their sentence, the following unfortunate men: ..., Joseph Knowles, and George Barke.
Sydney Gazette, 12 July 1822.

Convict Changes History

Ann Marie Gould on 27th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 1822 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Maureen Withey on 12th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 5th July, 1822 (prev. 1822)

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