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Joseph Lawler

Joseph Lawler, one of 220 convicts transported on the Theresa, 28 March 1845

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Lawler
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 12th July, 1815
Occupation: Silk weaver
Date of Death: 5th November, 1898
Age: 83 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Brecon Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Theresa
Departure date: 28th March, 1845
Arrival date: 3rd July, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 263 (133)
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

Anonymous on 2nd July, 2011 wrote:

Joseph went on to marry Harriett Barker in 1856. He died on the 5th Nov 1898 of cerebral paralysis and was buried at the Old Don Cemetery in Tasmania.
Their son George Frederick married Susan Munday, and their daughter Florence married Joseph Stephen Barwick and had my Dad (Mervyn).
Joseph and Harriett went on to have many offspring,the family now spreads throughout Australia and now even back to where it all began in England.

Anonymous on 14th October, 2011 wrote:

Joseph received a 10 yr sentence at Berkshire for housebreaking & stealing. He travelled in the "Theresa" arriving July 1845. He had been a silk weaver. He was assigned to Station Gangs and received his Conditional Pardon 16 Nov 1852. He married Harriett Ward Barker and they had 8 known children.Their home was at Spreyton nr Devonport, Tasmania.  My line is via Sarah Emily who married Thomas Henry Thompson.

Jane Hodgman (nee Lawler) on 20th April, 2012 wrote:

According to his convict record, this was Joseph’s 3rd conviction. No doubt the bottom had fallen out of the silk weaving business and he was in dire straits.
Items stolen at Newbridge, South Wales were "wearing apparel" "board for linen" and "carpenter’s tools".What he was doing in Wales is a mystery - it’s a long way from Bethnal Green his "native place"....
He was 30 years old, 5’5" tall, had a fair complexion, brown hair, reddish beard, grey eyes, an oval shaped face, long nose and large mouth and chin.
Under "Marks" is written, "Lost some of his front teeth. L above the elbow. J cross pipes. L glass circle with dots enclosed between forefinger and thumb right hand, blue dot above elbow. Ship anchor below elbow. 9 dots between forefinger and thumb. Anchor on back of left hand. Ring (?) on second finger of left hand.
What a young Harriett Barker saw in him, we’ll never know!!
He was tried on the 30th Dec 1844.He was single and could read and write.
Joseph was certified free on 4th Jan 1853 in Launceston.

Convict Changes History

Jane Hodgman (nee Lawler) on 20th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1815-07-12, date of death 1898-11-05, gender m

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