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Joseph Genders (1771–1838)

Joseph Genders (1771-1838) was sentenced to 7 years transportation on 30 July 1788 at Stafford, Staffordshire. He arrived at Sydney aboard the Matilda in August 1791 as part of the Third Fleet.

Genders was sent to Norfolk Island on the Mary Ann in August 1791. He married Elizabeth Stokes on the island on 20 June 1803. In 1804 the family was living on a 10 acre grant and a 10 acre lease. The family (including Elizabeth's daughter Ann, born in England) moved to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the City of Edinburgh in September 1808. They were living at Hobart in 1811 and later settled at Kangaroo Point.

Joseph Genders died on 12 February 1838 at Kangaroo Point; his age was given as 67.

information from

  • 'Humphrey Lynch', HMS Sirius: 1786-1790, — accessed 21 January 2021
  • Biographical Database of Australia —

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'Genders, Joseph (1771–1838)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Jenders, Joseph
  • Jonders, Joseph
  • Jinders, Joseph

Staffordshire, England


12 February, 1838 (aged ~ 67)
Kangaroo Point, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Staffordshire
Trial Date: 30 July 1788