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Joseph Haynes (c. 1768–1824)

Joseph Haynes (c.1768-1824) was found guilty on 13 July 1785 at Gloucester of receiving stolen goods that included a cloth coat, a silk coat, a tablecloth and a linen handkerchief. Sentenced to 14 years transportation, he was sent to the Justitia hulk in February 1786 and was discharged to the Alexander in January 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Haynes married Mary Ann Morgan on 5 September 1790 at St John's Church, Parramatta; both signed the register. Their only child Sarah was baptised on 8 May 1791 and was buried on 6 December 1792. By 1806 Haynes was living with Mary Reardon (and his wife was living with Thomas Burn). He worked as a labourer in 1814. By 1817 he was working as a police constable.

Joseph Haynes died on 30 January 1824 after being assaulted while pursuing a criminal while on duty. He was buried at Devonshire St Cemetery, Sydney, and has a touch plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 154

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Alternative Names
  • Haines, Joseph
  • Hynes, Joseph

c. 1768
Stroud, Gloucestershire, England


30 January, 1824 (aged ~ 56)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: receiving stolen goods
Sentence: 14 years