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Joseph (Joe) Moulder (1798–1866)

Joseph Moulder, an 18-year-old labourer, was found guilty (as Joseph Moulden) on 29 May 1816 at the Old Bailey, London, of pickpocketing. Sentenced to life transportation (the court transcript says he was transported for 7 years but convict records say he got life) he arrived at Sydney in April 1817 aboard the Morley. He was described as being 5 feet 1¾ inches tall, with a fair complexion, brown hair and grey eyes. Listed as 'Joseph Maldon' he was sent to Windsor for 'distribution'.

Moulder was working in Bathurst in 1822 and was working for James Blackman jnr in 1825. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1827 and in 1828 was a hutkeeper in Archibald McLeod's employment. Moulder married Caroline Clements on 6 July 1833 at Bathurst; they had at least eight children. He became a squatter with several runs and did well from the gold rush era, selling animals to miners.

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'Moulder, Joseph (Joe) (1798–1866)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Moulden, Joseph
  • Moulding, Joseph
  • Maldon, Joseph

26 April, 1798
London, Middlesex, England


8 March, 1866 (aged 67)
Orange, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (pickpocketing)
Sentence: life
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 29 May 1816


Occupation: labourer


Children: Yes (8)