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Joseph Johnson (c. 1788–1828)

Joseph Johnson (c.1788-1828), merchant's clerk, was found guilty on 5 March 1814 at Lancaster, Lancashire, of embezzling 'divers sums of money' from his employers, at Liverpool. Sentenced to 14 years transportation he arrived at Sydney in September 1815 aboard the Baring. He was described as being 5 feet 9 inches (175.3 cms) tall, with a dark ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, and hazel eyes.

Johnson was sent to Liverpool for 'distribution'. Elizabeth Hanks petitioned for permission to marry him on 23 April 1823. On 23 May 1823 he was on the list of prisoners transported to Newcastle on the Elizabeth Henrietta. He married Elizabeth Hanks on 11 August 1823 at Newcastle; both signed their name on the register.

Johnson was buried on 16 April 1828 at Sydney. His burial was registered at St Philip's Sydney.

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c. 1788
Liverpool, Lancashire, England


15 April, 1828 (aged ~ 40)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: embezzlement
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Lancashire
Trial Date: 5 March 1814


Occupation: clerk


Children: Yes (1)