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Joseph Snell

Joseph Snell, one of 188 convicts transported on the Recovery, 30 July 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Snell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1834
Age: 33 years

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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Southampton Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Recovery
Departure date: 30th July, 1819
Arrival date: 18th December, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 187 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 194
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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Anonymous on 18th April, 2012 wrote:

From the archives of the Staffordshire papers:
Joseph Snell and William Swain were sentenced to death for burglariously breaking into and robbing the house of Thomas Munday at Wickham.

Whilst under sentence of transportation for life, removed from the County Goal to the hulks at Woolwich, also William Swain.

Joseph Snell alias JOHN GREEN (Colonial Secretary Index)
30/12/1819: On list of convicts disembarked from the ‘Recovery’ and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution.
Mar 1822: On lists of persons forming roads under the direction of James Johnson, overseer, from 21/10/1818 to 2/3/1822; also listed as James Snell.
20/11/1822: On list of prisoners forwarded to Windsor for distribution.
1823: On list of convicts in the employ of William Cox of Clarendon and his two sons George & Henry.
15/6/1824: On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per ‘Lady Nelson’.
10/12/1824: Runaway from Port Macquarie; sentenced to Macquarie Harbour, Van Diemen’s Land. On return of fines and punishments in the Police Office.
21/12/1824: On list of runaways from Port Macquarie forwarded to Newcastle per ‘Sally’.
31/3/1825: Absconders List; Joseph Snell, Recovery, Labourer, 30, Hampshire, 5’3 3/4" tall, dark eyes, black hair, dark sallow complexion, from an Escort to Parramatta. Gaz.
23/6/1825: Sentenced to death. On return of prisoners tried before the Supreme Court of New South Wales; listed as John Green.
25/6/1825: Convicted of stealing in the dwelling house of William Townsend and putting in bodily fear; sentence of death commuted to transportation to Norfolk Island.  On return of prisoners tried and sentenced by the Supreme Court; Listede as John Green.
13/7/1825: On list of convicts transported to Port Macquarie per ‘Elizabeth Henrietta’; crossed out.
10/8/1825: On lists of convicts transported to Port Macquarie per "Mermaid’; listed as John Green.

7 & 8/4/1829: James Gardner, John Hilton, William Yems and Joseph Snell, tried before the Supreme Court, for stealing at Port Macquarie.
23/7/1827: Absconded from Hyde Park Barracks.
25/8/1828: Absconded from Government, Port Macquarie, 4th time of running.

15/3/1834: A mutiny on Norfoolk Island resulted in the deaths of Constables and Regiment Officers and approsimately 10 convicts: Joseph Snell was one of them.(Gaz.)
22/9/1834: Convict Death Register; Dist/parish: Norfolk Island. Executed.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st June, 2020 wrote:

Joseph Snell

Joseph Snell - 23 September 1834 - Hanged for mutiny
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 for Joseph Snell. Bound Indentures 1818-1819

Age 18 - Date of Birth Approx. 1801
Height 5 Ft 2 3/4 inches
Hair: Black, Eyes; Dark

Maureen Withey on 2nd January, 2021 wrote:

Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 4th March, 1834.
HIS Excellency the Governor directs it to be notified, that a Despatch has been received at this Office from Captain Foster Fyans, of the 4th or King’s Own Regiment, Acting Commandant of Norfolk Island, dated 16th February, reporting that a Mutiny had broken out in that Island on the morning of the 15th January last, in which about one hundred and fifty convicts, comprising the gaol gang, capital respites, and others, were concerned ; but which was soon quelled, with the loss of five convicts killed, six wounded, and two soldiers wounded.
In addition to these numbers, a soldier and a constable were unfortunately shot by a military party, who were out in pursuit of certain convicts that had taken to the bush, and who unhappily mistook them for the runaways of whom they were in search.
His Excellency has much pleasure in expressing his approbation of the prompt and efficacious measures adopted by Captain Fyans upon this occasion, by which the settlement has been restored to a state of perfect tranquillity. Nor can he omit noticing the activity and zeal displayed by Lieutenant FORTESCUE, and the steady discipline and good conduct of the men of the 4th Regiment under his command.
The Acting Commandant also mentions in terms of approbation the exertions of Mr. Assistant Surgeon Gamack, the overseers and constables generally, and of many of the prisoners whose names have been especially reported, and the particulars of whose cases will be immediately investigated, in order that they may respectively receive such rewards as their conduct merits.
By His Excellency’s Command,

Wounded by the Mutineers.
John Pike and William Ferham, privates 4th or King’s Own Regiment.
Accidentally shot while in pursuit of Bushrangers.
Thomas York, private 4th or King’s Own Regiment.
Thomas Consterdine, per ship Recovery, Acting Constable.

Killed by the Military, or since dead of wounds then received.
William Collins, per ship Florentia.
George Wright, Countess Harcourt.
Thomas Williams, Minerva (5).
Dominic McCoy, alias Boyce, Bussorah Merchant.
Robert May, or Smith, Florentia.

Wounded and now Convalescent.
Henry Drummond, per ship Ocean (3).
John Butler, John (2).
James Brady, Mangles (4).
Samuel Wilson, Ocean (3).
Joseph Snell, Recovery.
Thomas Freshwater, Manlius.
Sydney Gazette, 15 Mar 1834.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 18th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1834-00-00, gender m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000)

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