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Joseph Oakley

Joseph Oakley, one of 216 convicts transported on the Lotus, 20 December 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Oakley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lotus
Departure date: 20th December, 1832
Arrival date: 16th May, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 215 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 507 (254)
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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D Wong on 31st August, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOSEPH OAKLEY, Theft > simple larceny, Theft > simple larceny, 5th July 1832.

Offences: Theft > simple larceny; Theft > simple larceny
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Transportation

JOSEPH OAKLEY was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of May , 1 saddle, value 30s. , the goods of Jabez Gibson .
MR. BARRY conducted the prosecution.
JAMES DEAN . I am a tailor. On the 17th of May I was in my gig, with my servant, going from the Bank, and met the prisoner in Holborn, with this saddle on his shoulder - he had been a servant of mine - I got out of the gig, and took him on another charge; I said “I think this saddle is not come honestly by” - he said Yes, it had been given to him by a servant in Oxford-street, to take to Bayswater - I said that was not the way there; he then said he had a brother in the City, and he was going to call on him to walk with him - I forced him into my gig, and took him to Marlborough-street.
JOHN CORNWALL . I am servant to Mr. Jabez Gibson , he lives at Saffron Walden; I was at the Mews, in Davis-street , where the carriage was for three nights - I saw the prisoner there; he assisted me to wash it - this is my master’s-saddle, and was in the stable, to which the prisoner had access - he was not my master’s servant.
Prisoner. He gave me orders to take the saddle to him to Bayswater. Witness. No, I did not.
GEORGE AVIS . I took the prisoner in charge.
GUILTY . Aged 19.

JOSEPH OAKLEY was again indicted for stealing, on the 7th of May , 1 coat, value 3l. , the goods of George Wombwell .
WILLIAM EWER . I live with Mr. George Wombwell , in George-street, Hanover-square . This coat was in his house on the 7th of May - the prisoner came about eight o’clock that evening, and said Mr. Dean had sent him for the coat, as there was a dispute about it; I knew the prisoner had been in Mr. Dean’s service - I gave him the coat, and he took it away.
JAMES DEAN . I work for Mr. Wombwell. I took the prisoner in Holborn, on account of the coat; he did not live with me at the time he got it; he had left me a few days - I did not send him for it; it has not been found.
Prisoner. I did it through distress.
GUILTY . Aged 19. - Transported for Seven Years .

Joseph is listed as being 18 years old on arrival.  He was 5’6” tall, fair complexion, brown hair, dark blue eyes, single.

1833 Muster: Assigned to Dr. Hudspeth.
1835 Muster: Assigned to Mr. F. H. Harrison.

13/10/1837: TOL
June 1839: COF

Cannot find what happened between the 1839 COF and the 1852 COF, perhaps it was just a renewal, nothing in the papers about another conviction.

20/4/1852: COF

4/8/1852: Departed Launceston to Melbourne per ‘Waratah’ Free By Servitude.

Convict Changes History

cerrie laidlaw on 30th August, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m

D Wong on 31st August, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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