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Joseph Maples

Joseph Maples, one of 327 convicts transported on the Indefatigable and Minstrel, 09 May 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Maples
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: 1858
Age: 62 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: Machine breaking
Convicted at: Nottingham Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Indefatigable and Minstrel
Departure date: 9th May, 1812
Arrival date: 19th October, 1812
Place of arrival New South Wales [Minstrel] and Van Diemen's Land [Indefatigable]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 329 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 68
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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Jenni Finch on 4th October, 2015 wrote:

Married Louisa Ann Atkins, Hobart, 27 Dec, 1819

Beth Kebblewhite on 7th November, 2019 wrote:

Joseph MAPLES arrived Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) on 19/10/1812 on ship Indefatigable (1) from England.  He had been charged at Nottingham Lent Assize on 13 March 1812, for feloniously breaking stocking frames & was given a 14 year sentence of transportation.
04/06/1812 - Conduct record (Source: Libraries Tasmania website, CON31/29 p3)
20/01/1818 - Joseph Marple. Absent from his lodgings at night – to work for Govt. for 1 week in his own time. (Source: Libraries Tasmania website)
1819 - Louisa Atkins (bc1800, arr Sydney in 1814 on the ship Broxbornebury as a convict), aged 19, married Joseph Maples, aged 23, in Hobart on 27 Dec. 1819. (Source: Libraries Tasmania website)
Children of Joseph & Louisa MAPLES:
• James MAPLES (as ATKINS) baptized 13/06/1818 Hobart, died ?
• William MAPLES baptized 1820 Hobart, died ?
• Hannah MAPLES baptized 1822 Hobart, died ?
• Sarah Ann MAPLES baptized 1827 Hobart, died ?
• Louisa MAPLES baptized 1830 Hobart, died ?

15/07/1820 – Joseph Maples. Holding a Ticket of Leave. He was absent from Sunday Muster (Source: Libraries Tasmania website)
15/12/1820 - Joseph Maples. Refusing to pay M A Smith £1 15s for labour. (Source: Libraries Tasmania website)
1822, 18 Sep. – Louisa Atkins was still on a list of prisoners in Van Diemens Land (Source: SRNSW Col Sec Papers, Letters Sent Reel 6009; 4/3506 p298)
26/01/1829 - Joseph Maples. TL Assault & beating Mary Ann Spice – Complete withdrawn. (Source: Libraries Tasmania website)
27/01/1829 - Joseph Maples. TL Assault Elizabeth (?) his wife – to find sureties to keep the peace for 6 months. (Source: Libraries Tasmania website, CON13/1 p14)
1832 - “CAUTION.-; ALL persons are hereby cautioned not to give trust or credit to my wife Louisa Maples, who has absconded from her home and four children without any just cause or provocation, as after this date I will not be responsible for any debts she may contract. JOSEPH MAPLES. Hobart town. July 10, 1832.” (Source: Hobart-town Courier 13/07/1832, p1 also 20 & 27 July)
1835 – “Louisa Maples, an elegant “Nymph of the Pave,” was fined 5s. for drunkenness”. (Source: Colonial Times (Tasmania) 07/04/1835, p7)
1837 – “Louisa Maples was remanded on a charge of robbing John Dow.” (Source: Colonial Times (Tasmania) 19/09/1837, p7)
1840 – “Louisa Maples and Mary Badenoch, two regular out-and-outers, were charged with being common prostitutes, and with wandering about the public streets, at 2 o’clock in the morning, behaving in a very unbecoming manner. They were each committed to the Female House of Correction, and there to be kept to hard labor (sic) for one month.” (Source: Colonial Times (Tasmania) 25/02/1840, p7)
1858 - Joseph Maples, aged 63, died in Brighton (Tasmania), funeral held on 6 Sep 1858. (Source: Libraries Tasmania website)

Tasmanian BDM: No record of death found for Louisa

From the book “Journey to a New Life…” the story of the ships Emu & Broxbornebury by Elizabeth Hook (3rd ed. 2014). I am the author & can be contacted on hookey5609@yahoo.com.au for further info

Maureen Withey on 4th February, 2020 wrote:

Hogarth Town Gazette, 6 May 1826.
GOVERNMENT NOTICE.  Colonial Secretary’s Office, May 2, 1826.
CERTIFICATES of Freedom have been issued to the undermentioned Persons during the last Week :—
Joseph Maples ..... Indefatigable.

Convict Changes History

Jenni Finch on 4th October, 2015 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

Beth Kebblewhite on 7th November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1858 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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