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Joseph Merry

Joseph Merry, one of 154 convicts transported on the Stratheden, 31 July 1845

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Merry
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1823
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 11th August, 1902
Age: 79 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Leicester Boro' Assizes
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Stratheden
Departure date: 31st July, 1845
Arrival date: 25th December, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 154 other convicts

References

Primary source: England & Wales Criminal Registers (HO27/70, Page 265). Ancestry. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 355 (179)
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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Iris Dunne on 25th April, 2019 wrote:

Criminal Register: Aged 20, Trial 28 July 1843, Offence: Cartilage-breaking

D Wong on 25th April, 2019 wrote:

10/6/1843 Leicestershire Mercury Leicestershire, England:
LEICESTER POLICE COURTS
Joseph Merry and Thomas Gray were charged with burglariously entering the premises Messrs. Harvey tea dealers, Market place, on Sunday evening last, and stealing between £9 and £10 in copper money therefrom.

19/8/1843 Leicestershire Mercury Leicestershire, England:
Local News
Removal of Convicts.— On Tuesday, Thomas Boulter, aged 25, Joseph Merry, 20, John Bodycoat, 19, and Thomas Gray, 18, sentenced to transportation at the late assizes for ten years each, were removed from the Borough Gaol, in custody of the governor, to the Millbank Prison.

Conditional pardon on arrival in VDL. Sent on to Port Phillip.

1853: Married Mary Ann Fitzgerald, a housemaid who was orphaned when ten years old and brought to Australia from Ireland.
Children: (Mary Ann listed as Welsh/Welch and Fitzgerald on the births.)
1854: Mary Ann, Bendigo.
1855: Harriett, died 1858
1858: Thomas, Spring Creek.
1860: Elizabeth Amelia, Daylesford.
1863: Joseph, Daylesford.
1865: Martha, Daylesford.
1868: William, Daylesford.
1870: Sarah Ann, Daylesford - Mother listed as Fitzgerald.
1871: John William
1873: Robert, Daylesford.
1875: Harriet 2, Daylesford - Mother listed as Fitzgerald.
1879: Alfred, Daylesford.
1889: Joseph Henry.

1858: Joseph’s brother, William arrived in 1858 and settled in Ballarat.

21/5/1864 Leader, Melbourne, Victoria:
Scalded to Death. — Yesterday a child, between f two and three years’ old, belonging to Mr Joseph Merry, of Raglan street, died from the effects of a, scald. It seems that last week the mother was lifting from the fire a saucepan in which she had boiled some eggs, when the hot water was accidentally emptied over the poor little sufferer’s bosom. Drs. Rowbottom and Daniel both attended the case, but were unable to prevent it terminating fatally.
Daylesford Express, May 17…

11/8/1902: Joseph died at Daylesford, Victoria.

Convict Changes History

Vicki Gordon nee Merry on 20th March, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1823 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1902 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Iris Dunne on 25th April, 2019 made the following changes:

source: England & Wales Criminal Registers (HO27/70, Page 265). Ancestry. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 355 (179) (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piec

D Wong on 25th April, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 11th August, 1902 (prev. 1902), crime

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