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Joseph Smith (1801–1868)

Joseph Smith (the younger) was found sentenced on 25 October 1821 at Hereford Quarter Sessions to 7 years transportation for stealing poultry. He arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Prince of Orange in July 1822. According to his gaol report he was a 'bad character' and was 'disorderly'. His height was given as 5 feet 5½ inches (165.4 cm), his hair as light brown, eyes were dark grey, and he was 24 years old. His previous occupation was sawyer.

Smith married Mary Ann Kingham on 21 January 1834 at Launceston, Tasmania; they had at least 10 children.

Joseph Smith died on 2 March 1868 at Stanley, Tasmania. Cause of death was given as 'fever'. His occupation was given as 'farmer'.

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'Smith, Joseph (1801–1868)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


28 May, 1801
Banbury, Oxfordshire, England


2 March, 1868 (aged 66)
Stanley, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Hertfordshire
Trial Date: 25 October 1821


Occupation: sawyer


Children: Yes (10)