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Joseph Levy (1799–1862)

Joseph Levy, a labourer, was sentenced to life transportation for stealing a watch, a watch chain, a watch key and a seal. He arrived in Sydney in 1820 aboard the Mangles. He was described in the ship's indent as having a dark complexion, black hair, dark brown eyes and an aquiline nose. He was sent to Emu Plains where he worked as an overseer for two years. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1827 and a certificate of freedom in 1828. He was granted a conditional pardon on 28 February 1834 and an absolute pardon on 2 June 1841.

Levy moved to Berrima in 1835 where he opened a general store. Two years later he started a small brewery which he sold in 1840. He then became an auctioneer and publican. He later moved to Sydney.

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London, Middlesex, England


25 September, 1862 (aged ~ 63)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life