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Joseph Somes Voyages to Australia

Built 1845 at London. Wood ship of 780 Tons. The owner was Thomas Colyer of Kent, the son-in-law of Joseph Somes.

Two voyages with transport convicts to Australia:
1845/1846:
1847: 248 male people (known as “exiles” landed at Point Henry, Geelong, Victoria and 1 went on to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). Queen Victoria had decreed that all of these men (many of them youths from Parkhurst, Isle of Wight) should be treated as “free” upon arrival (significant backlash to transported criminals at this time).

  • Joseph Somes

    Sailed on 18th December, 1845

    Arrived 19th May, 1846 at Van Diemen's Land
    Average sentence: 9 Years | Life sentences: 0 | Passengers: 250
  • Joseph Somes

    Sailed on 2nd June, 1847

    Arrived 24th September, 1847 at Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip
    Average sentence: 8 Years | Life sentences: 0 | Passengers: 251