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Joseph Lowe (c. 1770–1853)

Joseph Lowe, a ribbon weaver, was sentenced to life transportation on 19 July 1788 at Warwickshire, England. He arrived at Sydney aboard the Matilda in August 1791 as part of the Third Fleet.

Lowe was sent to Norfolk Island around 1797. He was marked 'sentence expired' from 1804 onwards, although he did not receive a conditional pardon until 17 September 1810. From about 1804 he lived with Elizabeth Hayward. They left the island with two of her children for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Lady Nelson in January 1813, settling eventually at Launceston.

Joseph Lowe died on 11 September 1853 at Launceston. His age was given as 82 years and his cause of death as 'decay of nature'.

information from

  • HMS Sirius 1786-1790 — — accessed 8 September 2020
  • Biographical Database of Australia — — accessed 8 September 2020

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'Lowe, Joseph (c. 1770–1853)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1770


11 September, 1853 (aged ~ 83)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: life