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Joseph Moles

Joseph Moles, one of 276 convicts transported on the Asia, 25 April 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Moles
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 2nd October, 1819
Occupation: Waterman
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 25th April, 1840
Arrival date: 6th August, 1840
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 275 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 184
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

Leilani Garland on 28th November, 2016 wrote:

The Moles family, Marcus and Mable Moles and their children lived in Tasmania and moved to Pomona in Queensland where my mother Mona Edna Moles was born on 8 March 1922. We believe we are descendants of Joseph Moles.

D Wong on 1st December, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOSEPH MOLES, Theft > theft from a specified place, 12th August 1839.

Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation

JOSEPH MOLES was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of May, 2 beds, value 1l. 10s.; 1 rug, value 2s.; and 6 blankets, value 12s.; the goods of George Marshall: 1 pillow, value 5s.; 1 pillow-case, value 6d; the goods of Thomas Dare: 1 pillow, value 5s.; 1 pillow-case, value 6d.; 1 pair of trowsers, value 1s.; and 1 coat, value 4s.; the goods of Charles Downes, in a barge on the navigable river Thames; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
THOMAS DARE . I am a bargeman. On the 21st of May my barge was in the Thames, at Old Brentford, in the parish of Ealing—I did not know the prisoner—the property stated was all safe in the cabin on the 21st of May, when I left it, and on the 22nd, when I returned, it was gone—I saw it at the station-house at Brentford—part of it was mine, part was Mr. George Marshall’s, a timber-merchant, and part was Charles Downes’s—here is some of it—(looking at some articles.)
CHARLES DOWNES . This coat, and trowsers, and one pillow, are mine—I worked in that barge, and left them on board.
JOHN HANSLOW .(police-constable T 177.) On the morning of the 22nd of May, about one o’clock, I was on duty at Old Brentford—I saw the prisoner and Gardner coming towards me—the prisoner had a rug, and Gardner a sack—I asked what they had got—they both said, their bedding, and that they came from Mr. Eaton’s barge—I took them to the station-house, and found they had the articles here stated—the inspector let them go, I afterwards received information, and found the property at a home in Bailey’s-row—I took the prisoner, but Gardner was gone.
Prisoner’s Defence. Stokes told us to take them to his house, and we did—there was nobody at home—we were going along with them, and were taken.
JAMES CUSHEE . I am a constable. I produce a certificate of the prisoner’s former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark’s office—(read)—the prisoner is the man.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Transported for Fourteen Years.

Previous Convictions: Once for a Hat 6 months,  again for robbing a Garden 3 months, again for Turnips 1 month & 14 days for a Row.

Joseph was 21 years old on arrival - he was 5’3” tall, fair complexion, dark brown hair and whiskers, blue eyes, pockmarked, native place: Brentford, Middlesex, tattoos: LWJ, Heart, LWMAM, sailor holding bottle and glass JMM on right arm. Dots on right hand. Crucifix, “IMIR”. Moon, half moon, seven stars, crucifix, two pipes, tobacco box, three glasses, heart and darts, JM, anchor, woman on left arm. Three dots on back of left hand.  Man holding bottle and glass, woman on breast. Large scar over right eye.

In the Colony: - disobedience of orders, insolence, absence with out leave, making a noise in his cell and defacing his chains etc.

From 1844 he was assigned in the Perth, Campbell Town and Longford areas.

27/7/1847: TOL
3/2/1850: CP

25/8/1851: Married Jemima Heron (registered at Hobart) Jemima b England on 4 Sep 1834 to James Heron and Mary Andrew, Jemima died 1908.
Jemima and Joseph had 3 sons: Robert 1852, Joseph 1853, and Henry 1855.

Robert Moles married Mary Regan in 1903, they had 8 children.

Henry Moles born 1855, married Lydia Moles (born Martin) in 1877, they had 13 chilren, including Marcus Adolphus Moles.

Joseph Moles died between 1855-60.

1860: Jemima Moles married Michael Murphy (Lord Auckland 1853) - they had 3 children.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 1st December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 2nd October, 1819 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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