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Joseph Morley

Joseph Morley, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Morley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1770
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: 17th May, 1838
Age: 68 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 47 (25)
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

D Wong on 4th April, 2015 wrote:

Joseph Morley aged about 17 was sentenced to 7 years transportation at Middlesex Old Bailey Session in December 1787 for the theft of a crepe gown, a cotton gown and six shirts. He was sent to Newgate prison until April 1788 when he was sent to the Thames hulk Stanislaus until he embarked on the Surprise transport in November 1789. He was a cousin of a First Fleeter Joseph Morley who came on the Friendship.

9/9/1798: Married Ann (Nancy) Yates (Britannia 1798) and had 4 children.

22/6/1818: Married Hannah Railton at St Phillips, Sydney. They had 7 children.

17/5/1838: Joseph died and was buried at the Devonshire Street Cemetery, NSW

Charmaine Piaud on 25th June, 2017 wrote:

Joseph was 17 when he was put onto the Stanislaus so the date of birth was later than entered before.
He and Ann Yates probably had 5 daughters, one as yet unidentified. He and Hannah had at least 8 children. There is also a big gap in which others may have been lost.
He was a ships chandler, a ship owner, a timber getter

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 4th April, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1766 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th May, 1838 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Charmaine Piaud on 25th June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1770 (prev. 1766), occupation

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