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:
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).
Arrived 19th May, 1846 at Van Diemen's Land
Average sentence: 9 Years | Life
sentences: 0 | Passengers: 250
Arrived 24th September, 1847 at Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip
Average sentence: 8 Years | Life
sentences: 0 | Passengers: 251