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Joseph Shelvey

Joseph Shelvey, one of 180 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 08 June 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Shelvey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Farmers man
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pig stealing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 8th June, 1827
Arrival date: 27th September, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 181 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 192
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

Peter Hinds on 12th December, 2013 wrote:

Joseph Shelvey was sentenced to death at Campbelltown NSW in 1830 with two others for a crime they did not commit. They became known as the Campbelltown convicts. Shelvey sentence was commuted to life in hard labour in chains and he was sent to Norfolk Island. About a year later two bushrangers from Jack Donohoe’s gang made confessions concerning the crime and Shelvey was brought back from Norfolk Island and pardoned. The story is contained in the book The Campbelltown Convicts which can be purchased at:

Peter Hinds on 6th August, 2020 wrote:


Peter Hinds on 17th December, 2020 wrote:

Joseph Shelvey appears to have disappeared from the public record in New South Wales after he absconded from the Hyde Park Barracks on 4 June 1850. See my book The Campbelltown Convicts.

D Wong on 17th December, 2020 wrote:

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal Kent, England
4 Aug 1826

Joseph Shelvey was indicted for stealing, at Saint Lawrence, in the Isle of Thanet, on the night of the 21st of April, two pigs, the property of William Day.
  In this case, the prisoner was seen driving three pigs towards his own house, about two o’clock in the morning on which the pigs of Mr. Day were stolen, and two of the stolen pigs were found in a stye belonging to the prisoner, at Bellevue, Ramsgate.  The pigs appeared tired, and as if they had been driven some distance.  “Guilty__Transported Seven Years.”
  There was another indictment against prisoner, for stealing a sow, the property of George Harnett, at Minster, in the Isle of Thanet ; but was not tried upon that.
  This prisoner is the man who some assizes ago, gave evidence against his brother and another man, on a charge of the horrible murder of a poor old woman, at Shoulden.
**Brother was Stephen Shelvey per Minerva 1824.**

Joseph Shelvey was listed as 26 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Dover.

Occupation: Farm man/musician.

Joseph was literate, Protestant, married with no children, 5’7” tall, dark ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes, woman and harp and Rebecca Shelvey on upper part and 3 mermaids, 1826 and wreath on lower part right arm, Crucifixion, woman and other marks on left arm.

Assigned to James Atkinson, Oldbury.

1/2/1833: Colonial Pardon.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 17th December, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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