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Joseph Would

Joseph Would, one of 254 convicts transported on the Norwood, 06 April 1867

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Would
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1841
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 10 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Norwood
Departure date: 6th April, 1867
Arrival date: 13th July, 1867
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 254 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 202
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 18th June, 2018 wrote:

**Please Note: There was also a Joseph ‘Wood’ on board the Norwood.**

Old Bailey:
Theft: burglary, Breaking Peace: wounding.
18th September 1865

Verdicts Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
Sentences Imprisonment > penal servitude; Imprisonment > penal servitude

JOSEPH WOULD (21), and EDWARD KENNETT (18), Burglary in the dwelling-house of Joseph Russell and stealing 1 hearth-rag, value 12l. and other goods. Would was further charged with wounding the constable.

MR. DALY conducted the Prosecution.

JOSEPH RUSSELL. I live at No. 8, Medway-terrace—on the morning of the 27th of July my house was broken into—it was entered by the drawing window at the back of the house—the fastening had been removed or slipped—it was quite safely fastened the previous night—I saw my wife do it—I was called by my servant in the morning and I missed several things—a hearth-rug an ivory church service a curd case a flower stand, and a lot of little things—this hearth-rug and church service (produced) are my property—there are several things still missing—I came down stairs about half-past 6.

JOHN SPRAGGS (Police-constable R 149.) About 5 o’clock on the morning of the 27th of July, I saw three men in Brockley-lane—the two prisoners are two of them—Would was carrying a large black bundle—I followed them till I could get assistance—they crossed overcome fields to Nunhead Cemetery and got nearly up to them at the bridge—when I was on the bridge the three men turned back—I did not mean to attack them but Would before a word was spoken struck me with a stick about the head and body—I took him into custody when he called to the other two “Come here come here”—and Kennett turned round and drew a telescope from his side pocket, and struck me over the head and cut my lip through—this is the telescope (produced)—I was knocked down—my head is still very giddy and I can scarcely see—the prisoners ran away and I followed them—when going towards the old Kent-road, they separated—one went towards Dulwich and the other two to Peckham-lane—I followed these two and saw Would throw the bundle away near the Kent-road bridge—in the Kent-road Would took off his over coat and pave it to Kennett—they then separated and I continued to follow Would—Kennett ran through the lime-yard close to the canal bridge—I lost Would near the St. Helena gardens—I have known Would three or four years but Kennett I never saw before until this morning—I found the bundle where I saw Would throw it—these plated articles were found in the coat (produced)—the coat was dropped in the lime shed and was brought to me afterwards.

HENRY FORDHAM (Police-constable H 197.) I apprehended Would in Spitalfields on the 28th of July—I told him I should take him in charge of or being concerned with another in breaking into a house at Blackheath—he mid “You won’t”—I told him I should—he said, “If you put a hand on me I will have your b——life”—I took him into custody and with the assistance of another constable got him to the Spital-square station.

JAMBS FLOYD (Police-constable H 126.) I took Kennett into custody on the 18th of last month in Brick-lane Spitalfields—I told him I should take him into custody on suspicion of being concerned with another, in custody, in a burglary at Deptford—he said, “I know nothing about it. I am a honest man I have not been about this neighbourhood but three weeks, I lived at the Three Crowns, Mile End-road about a twelve-month and I lived in Deptford about eighteen months ago at a fish shop”—I afterwards asked him if I should go to the Three Crowns in the Mile End-road and ask about his character and he said, “They don’t know much about me there I have not lived there for two years”—he was identified by the other constable and taken to Deptford and lodged there for the night.

JOHN SPRAGS (recalled.) I am certain Kennett is one of the men I saw on the morning in question.

WOULD, GUILTY.— Ten Years’ Penal Servitude.

KENNETT, GUILTY.— Seven Years Penal Servitude.

**No ship found for Edward Kennett.

Joseph Would was 24 years old on arrival in WA.  He was single, 5’
4½” tall, brown hair, blue eyes, swarthy complexion, middling stout.,
single, literate.

5/11/1870: TOL

1873: Conditional Release - Teamster, labourer, general servant.

29/12/1875: COF

2/9/1884 The Albany Mail and Kin George’s Sound Advertiser, WA:

ANY person or persons who think there is any of their Sandalwood in my heaps at the North-east are invited to inspect them and if they find any belonging to them are welcome to remove it.

No death date found.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 18th June, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1841 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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