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Joseph Walker

Joseph Walker, one of 210 convicts transported on the Blenheim, 11 March 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Walker
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 3rd February, 1808
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: 25th February, 1870
Age: 62 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Leicester Quarter Session
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Blenheim
Departure date: 11th March, 1837
Arrival date: 16th July, 1837
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 210 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 6. Tasmanian Archives - convict. Conduct record http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-48,226,9,F,60.
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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Jenny Duncan-lewis on 5th December, 2011 wrote:

Joseph was the son of Rowland Skevington Walker and Ann Morely, and had at least 9 siblings.  He was born in Great Dalby in Leicestershire, England and at the time of his conviction, he had a wife called Mary, and three young children.  They were Sarah, William and Mary.

Joseph was convicted in October 1836 for stealing 5 sheep from William Sharpe, after the animal carcases were found at his slaughter house.  He had pleaded not guilty on the grounds the he bought the animals from a man named Wilson.  The jury didn’t believe him and he was sentenced to be transported for life.  His wife, Mary, died a year after the ship sailed.

It seems at some point, Joseph married again to a lady named Sophia Robinson and he eventually died on 25 Feb 1870, in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

I don’t know any further information about his life in Australia so far, but I will be looking in to it.  Any help would be appreciated!

Anonymous on 21st December, 2011 wrote:

Buried at St Marks church, Pontville Tasmania (just north of Hobart) along with his wife Sophia

Mark Fowler on 21st December, 2011 wrote:

Buried in St Marks Anglican church, Pontville, Tasmania as is his wife Sophia.  POntville is just north of Hobart.

Yvonne Greenberg on 22nd January, 2012 wrote:

In the 1841 Census Joseph’s three children were living at Magna Dalby, Leicestershire with their grandfather, Rowland Walker, aunt and uncles Sophia, William and George Walker and George’s children, Rowland and Mary. Rowland married his cousin, Joseph’s daughter Mary

Yvonne Greenberg on 22nd January, 2012 wrote:

The marriage of Rowland and Mary Walker took place on 25th January 1866 at Brighton in Tasmania.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th December, 2014 wrote:

Convict Conduct Record: stealing sheep. Hulk Report - good. Ship Surgeon’s Report - good.

Married, 3 children. Wife Mary at Leicester.

No remarks of any misconduct.

Conditional Pardon 12/08/1841. No. 2273.

Convict Changes History

Jenny Duncan-lewis on 5th December, 2011 made the following changes:

date of birth 1808-02-03, date of death 1870-02-25, gender m

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th December, 2014 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 6. Tasmanian Archives - convict. Conduct record http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-48,226,9,F,60. (prev. Australi

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