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Joseph Williscroft

Joseph Williscroft, one of 289 convicts transported on the Thomas Arbuthnot, 06 January 1847

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Williscroft
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1829
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing rabbits
Convicted at: Worcester, Worcester Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Thomas Arbuthnot
Departure date: 6th January, 1847
Arrival date: 4th May, 1847
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land [convicts disembarked at Port Phillip, not Van Diemen's Land]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 155 (79)
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 11th December, 2013 wrote:

Joseph Williscroft was the oldest of 3 brothers, transported as Parkhurst Boys.  Henry was 13 and a nail cutter and Frederick was 12 and a labourer.
They were the sons of Joseph and Mary Ann Williscroft.

They were 3 destitute brothers who had been “Living by their wits”.  When convicted the court, taking into consideration their destitute condition, sentenced then to 7 years transportation, with a view of making future provision for them.

Joseph was 14 years old when tried, then he was sent to Parkhurst Prison and retrained as a Farm Labourer.

The Thomas Arbuthnot disembarked Joseph at Port Phillip of the 1/5/1847.  He immediately obtained employment as a groom with Mr Anderson of Geelong.

No other records of Joseph found, but, a note on the NSW Government Records says to look for him under the name of Penfold.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1829, gender, occupation, crime

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