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Joseph Morrell

Joseph Morrell, one of 230 convicts transported on the Woodbridge, 10 October 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Morrell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: 26th September, 1882
Age: 75 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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Woodbridge
Departure date: 10th October, 1839
Arrival date: 26th February, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 229 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 103 (53)
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 23rd October, 2018 wrote:

19/7/1839 Chelmsford Chronicle Essex, England:
THE WEATHERSFIELD BURGLARY.— Joseph Morrell, 32, Samuel Ely, 22, and John Sewell, 19 weavers, were convicted of breaking into the house of Elizabeth Firmin, at Weathersfield.—

The Jury returned a verdict of guilty.
Morrell was convicted in 1835 of stealing a stack cloth from Robert Williamson, at Baintree.
The Judge said that it wa evident they were getting their living by plunder and a desperate course of dishonesty -
Transported for life.

Joseph Morrell was 33 years old on arrival : Native Place: Braintree, Essex.

Joseph was literate, protestant, married with 1 male and 2 female children, 5’5½” tall, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes, large intented scar in centre of forehead, scar over outer corner of left eyebrow, small brown spot back of right hand, small mole on upper nd lower left arm, scar outside right leg.

Mother: May
Father John
Brother: William
Sisters: Mary, Rebecca - all at native place.

Joseph was sent to Norfolk Island.

3/3/1844: Arrived in VDL - Occupation listed as a barber and 37 years old.

1/5/1849: TOL
29/8/1854: CP approved

20/1/1865: Married Elizabeth Bradley, 38, in the home of Joseph Morrell - registered in Deloraine - Joseph was 50 and a widower, Elizabeth was a widow.

26/9/1882: Joseph Morrell died at Deloraine, aged 75, of Old age and Natural decay - listed as a Lodging house keeper.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 23rd October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), date of death: 26th September, 1882 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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