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Joseph Coote (c. 1795–1865)

Joseph Coote, a brickmaker, was found guilty on 15 March 1832 at the Suffolk Assizes, England of sheep stealing. Sentenced to life transportation he arrived at Sydney in October 1832 aboard the Planter. According to his record he was 37 years old, was married, had two male and three female children, could read and was a Protestant. He had been previously sentenced to 3 months gaol for an offence. His height was given as 5 feet 8¼ (173.3 cms) inches, he had a brown freckled complexion, dark brown hair, and hazel eyes.

In August 1838 he was working for Henry Donnison at Brisbane Water. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1842; it was cancelled in 1852 for 'repeated drunkenness'. In 1844 he applied to marry fellow convict 35-year-old Elizabeth Large. There is no record of a marriage though she is listed as his wife in 1846.

Shortly before his death he absconded from Parramatta Lunatic Asylum.

Biographical Database of Australia —, accessed 2 February 2023

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Coots, Joseph
  • Coot, Joseph

c. 1795
Essex, England


4 November, 1865 (aged ~ 70)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: life
Court: Suffolk
Trial Date: 15 March 1832


Occupation: bricklayer
Married: Yes
Children: Yes (5)