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Joseph Willis

Joseph Willis, one of 200 convicts transported on the Surrey, January 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Willis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 6th May, 1787
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 30th August, 1855
Age: 68 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 7 years

Crime: Theft~grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: January, 1814
Arrival date: 28th July, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 202 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 133 (68)
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 18th July, 2013 wrote:

Joseph Willis was 30 years old when indicted, at The Old Bailey, for stealing a sack, value 2s., and 4 bushels of wheat, value 35s., the property of Thomas Jordan and Robert Heath, farmers at Stanwell.

6/10/1809: Married Ann Green, at Langley Marish, Buckinghamshire.  They had 1 child, James Born 31/12/1809-Died 31/1/11810.

Joseph settledin Parramatta after he had served his 7 year sentence.

11/7/1820: Married Rosetta/Rose Murphy (Janus 1820) and they had 2 children, Mary 1821-1826 and John Aug/1825-22/11/1896.

Rosetta also had an infant son Thomas when she arrived. Thomas died in 1845

30/8/1855: Joseph died, and is buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery at Parramatta, along with Rosetta who died in 1862.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 18th July, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 6th May, 1787, date of death 30th August, 1855, gender, occupation, crime

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