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 Parkhurst Boys 1842-1862
Joseph Somes - arrived in VIC in 1847 SOURCES

The 780 ton ship 'Joseph Somes' sailed under the command of Captain George Thompson. She was said to have put in to the Isle of Wight where she took on 85 Parkhurst boys. She left there on May 25, 1847 and is said to have finally set out from Spithead on June 9 on her way to the Port Phillip Settlement (Victoria) after stopping in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the way.

The 'Joseph Somes' was said to have arrived in Victoria on September 10, 1847 and discharged her Parkhurst boys in Geelong on September 24. They made up part of the cargo of 248 male convicts she was transporting to Victoria.

Ian Nicholson's 'Log of Logs' indicates that the surgeon's journal for the voyage is preserved in the Public Record Office in England and is on the 'Australian Joint Copying Project' film no. 3199.

The boys were listed in Paul Buddee's book, 'Fate of the Artful Dodger' and his research notes which were deposited in the Battye Library, Perth, some time later. His work has been expanded upon with information from other sources such as prison and Home Office records. Much of that information was also compiled and published by Keith Clarke in 1999 in his book, 'Convicts of the Port Phillip District'.

The 85 'expiree' boys who were transported on the 'Joseph Somes' are transcribed below.



* Although this information has been compiled in good faith,
please refer to primary sources for confirmation and further research.

Parkhurst Boys
Surname       Christian Name(s)  Term   Age        Trial Place          Day Mth Year    Offence                                                   Comments

Baycroft       Charles             7y   14   Nether Nutsford             10 01 1844   stealing money from a shop drawer             Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p180'; Buddee gave trial date as 19/01/1844
Beatty         William             7y   ..   Horsham                     04 07 1844   larceny                                       aka [BEAZLEY; BEATLEY; BEAGLEY; BEATLY]; retrained as a gardener; refer - 'HO 11/15 p189'    
Bence          Edwin              10y   14   Bath                        12 07 1844   receiving stolen property                     Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p188'
Bevan          Thomas             10y   18   Warwick                     02 07 1845   felony                                        Retrained as a labourer; Tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p190'; not on Buddee's list	
Bickford       Thomas Southwood    7y   12   Plymouth                    04 04 1844   larceny                                       Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p181'
Bladehall      Thomas              7y   16   Manchester                  01 03 1844   larceny                                       aka [BLADSHALL]; retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p183'
Bowden         Thomas              7y   13   Exeter                      15 03 1844   stealing a tin scoop                          Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p180'; Buddee gave trial date and crime as 25/03/1844 and stealing a tea scoop    
Bramsden       James              10y   14   Portsmouth                  05 01 1844   stealing biscuits                             aka [BRANSDEN]; retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p188'
Bromley        Edward              7y   13   Dover                       24 06 1844   felony                                        Retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p182'
Brown          John                7y   15   Newington                   15 04 1844   larceny                                       Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p189'; Buddee gave crime as stealing boots
Butler         Patrick             7y   14   Liverpool                   06 02 1843   simple larceny                                Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p183'
Casson         Nicholas            7y   15   Carlisle                    07 08 1843   larceny                                       aka [Michael]; retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p180'
Christian      James               7y   14   Norwich                     02 01 1844   stealing a silver spoon                       Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p186'; Buddee gave trial date as 09/01/1844
Clark          John               10y   15   Chelmsford                  21 05 1844   house breaking                                aka [CLARKE]; retrained as a labourer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p181'

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Surname       Christian Name(s)  Term   Age        Trial Place          Day Mth Year    Offence                                                   Comments

Collins        James               7y   14   Central Criminal Court      10 06 1844   larceny                                       Retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Cundell        John                7y   14   Edinburgh                   19 02 1844   theft                                         Retrained as a blacksmith; refer - 'HO 11/15 p192'
Davis          William             7y   15   Stafford                    02 07 1844   stealing three waist coats                    aka [COLLINS, Alfred]; retrained as a painter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p188'
Duffin         John                7y   14   Nottingham                  28 06 1844   stealing a chopper                            Retrained as a brickmaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p187'; Buddee gave crime as stealing stockings
Finney         James               7y   14   Aylesbury                   17 10 1843   larceny                                       Retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p177'
Fitzgerald     Thomas              7y   17   Central Criminal Court      19 08 1844   larceny                                       Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Gardiner       Samuel              7y   13   Oxford                      17 10 1842   receiving a stolen broom                      Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p187'
Goodwin        William             7y   15   Nether Knutsford            10 01 1844   stealing shoes                                aka [GORDON]; retrained as a gardener; refer - 'HO 11/15 p180'; Buddee gave crime as stealing cheese
Hancocks       Frederick          10y   16   Warwick                     30 03 1844   stealing brooches                             aka [HANCOCK]; retrained as a farm labourer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p190'
Hands          Abraham             7y   16   Birmingham                  04 12 1843   larceny                                       Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p189'; not on Buddee's list
Harrigan       James              10y   17   Clerkenwell                 01 02 1844   stealing a handkerchief                       aka [HORNETT]; retrained as a sawyer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p185'; Buddee gave trial place as Westminster
Harris         John                7y   14   Coventry                    03 01 1844   stealing a pair of shoes                      Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p189'
Harvey         William             7y   15   Central Criminal Court      19 08 1844   larceny                                       Retrained as a painter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Haynes         Robert             10y   16   Liverpool                   18 03 1844   stealing in a shop                            Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p183'

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Surname       Christian Name(s)  Term   Age        Trial Place          Day Mth Year    Offence                                                   Comments

Hembrow        Isaac               7y   14   Taunton                     30 03 1844   stealing potatoes                             Retrained as a gardener; refer - 'HO 11/15 p187'
Hennessy       Michael             7y   16   Clerkenwell                 01 02 1844   stealing bacon                                Retrained as a gardener; refer - 'HO 11/15 p185'
Hoggett        William             7y   14   Newcastle                   26 07 1843   felony                                        Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p187'
Hughes         Thomas              7y   14   Glamorgan                   02 07 1844   stealing velveteen                            Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p181'; Buddee gave crime as stealing lead
Hunter         Matthew            10y   12   Exeter                      16 03 1844   stealing bees and wax                         Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p180'
Jerrome        William             7y   16   Central Criminal Court      27 10 1843   larceny                                       Retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Johnson        John                7y   13   Newcastle                   03 07 1844   larceny                                       Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p187'
Johnson        William             7y   14   Central Criminal Court      06 05 1844   larceny                                       aka [GILBERT]; retrained as a brickmaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Jones          John                7y   12   Birmingham                  08 03 1844   stealing a pair of boots                      aka [COX, James]; retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p190'
Kennedy        Henry               7y   12   Spilsby                     09 01 1844   shoplifting                                   Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p185'
Kilgallon      Henry               7y   14   Liverpool                   22 07 1844   stealing velveteen                            Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p183'; Buddee gave trial date as 22/09/1844
Kirby          John                7y   14   Nottingham                  28 06 1844   stealing money                                Retrained as a gardener; refer - 'HO 11/15 p187'
Lee            Charles             7y   14   Pontefract                  03 04 1843   stealing a coat                               aka [SEE]; retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p191'
Lee            John               10y   16   Central Criminal Court      27 11 1843   larceny in a dwelling house to a value of 5  Retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'

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Surname       Christian Name(s)  Term   Age        Trial Place          Day Mth Year    Offence                                                   Comments

Liley          Samuel              7y   14   Central Criminal Court      21 08 1843   larceny                                       Retrained as a brickmaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Lloyd          Thomas              7y   14   Liverpool                   05 02 1844   stealing a dress                              Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p183'; not on Buddee's list
Martin         George              7y   14   Central Criminal Court      04 03 1844   larceny                                       Retrained as a gardener; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Martin         John                7y   14   Central Criminal Court      06 05 1844   stealing from the person                      aka [EATON, Alfred]; retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Matthews       Henry              10y   15   Bath                        11 04 1844   stealing tobacco                              Retrained as a labourer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p187'
Matthews       Thomas             10y   15   Bath                        12 07 1844   stealing a watch                              Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p188'
Moore          Richard             7y   13   Central Criminal Court      08 05 1843   larceny                                       Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Morgan         James               7y   13   Central Criminal Court      21 08 1843   larceny                                       Retrained as a brickmaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Morgan         William             7y   15   Bristol                     08 04 1844   stealing                                      Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p177'; Buddee gave crime as stealing 6 rings
Morrell        Joseph              7y   ..   Leeds                       06 03 1844   stealing linen in a dwelling house            aka [MERRITT; MORRITT]; retrained as a brickmaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p191'
Murray         James               7y   13   Wakefield                   29 08 1842   stealing money from the person                Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p191'
Nash           Joseph              7y   13   Aylesbury                   17 10 1843   felony                                        Retrained as a farm labourer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p177'
Nelson         John                7y   15   Gloucester                  17 10 1843   stealing zinc                                 Retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p182'; Buddee gave trial date as 02/07/1844
Page           John                7y   13   Liverpool                   06 02 1843   simple larceny                                aka [Alan]; retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p183'; Buddee gave trial date as 06/02/1842

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Surname       Christian Name(s)  Term   Age        Trial Place          Day Mth Year    Offence                                                   Comments

Palmer         John                7y   16   Nottingham                  28 06 1844   stealing rags                                 Retrained as a gardener; refer - 'HO 11/15 p187'
Payne          Thomas Jubey       10y   16   Westminster                 09 10 1843   stealing from the person                      Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p185'; Buddee gave trial date as 09/10/1844
Phillips       Mark               10y   15   Bath                        12 07 1844   stealing a watch                              Retrained as a baker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p188'; Buddee gave crime as stealing lead
Pine           Joseph             10y   12   Devon                       16 03 1844   stealing                                      Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p180'
Rawles         Samuel              7y   17   Bristol                     08 04 1844   stealing lead                                 Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p177'
Rayner         James              10y   15   Chelmsford                  02 07 1844   house breaking                                Retrained as a sawyer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p181'
Rickards       Boaz                7y   16   Gloucester                  02 07 1844   stealing fruit                                aka [RICHARDS, Boas]; retrained as a cook; refer - 'HO 11/15 p182'
Robinson       John                7y   17   Central Criminal Court      23 10 1843   larceny                                       Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Rushbrook      Francis             7y   16   Cambridge                   01 07 1844   stealing 10                                  aka [Frank]; retrained as a baker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p177'
Sanderwick     William            10y   14   Central Criminal Court      08 04 1844   robbery                                       Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Sansom         Charles             7y   15   Exeter                      02 01 1844   stealing iron                                 Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p180'; Buddee gave trial date as 07/01/1844
Sargeant       John                7y   12   Gloucester                  17 10 1843   larceny                                       aka [SERJEANT]; retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p182'
Seely          William             7y   13   Norwich                     09 04 1844   stealing a watch                              Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p186'
Shaw           George             10y   15   Stafford                    02 07 1844   stealing a watch                              Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p188'
Shearn         Bartholomew        10y   15   Manchester                  24 06 1844   larceny                                       aka [SHEARNAN]; retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p183'

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Surname       Christian Name(s)  Term   Age        Trial Place          Day Mth Year    Offence                                                   Comments

Sheffield      Thomas             10y   16   Central Criminal Court      06 05 1844   larceny                                       Retrained as a carpenter; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
Short          Alexander           7y   16   Newcastle                   03 01 1844   larceny                                       Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p187'
Skate          John               10y   15   Warwick                     30 03 1844   felony                                        Retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p190'; Buddee gave crime as stealing books
Smith          John                7y   13   Salford                     23 10 1843   felony                                        Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p183'
Smith          John               10y   15   Birmingham                  19 07 1844   stealing from the person                      aka [JARMAN, Timothy]; retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p190'
Sturgess       James               7y   14   Nether Knutsford            27 05 1844   stealing 5 books (boots?)                     aka [BURGESS; HURGESS]; Retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p180'
Sutton         Charles Weeks       7y   12   Bristol                     06 01 1843   felony                                        Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p177'
Tossell        Thomas              7y   13   Exeter                      17 10 1843   larceny                                       Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p180'
Ward           Edwin               7y   14   Central Criminal Court      21 08 1843   embezzlement                                  Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p178'
White          Richard             7y   15   Norwich                     10 01 1844   stealing money                                Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p186'
Williams       John                7y   15   Liverpool                   13 05 1844   stealing an accordian                         aka [Thomas]; retrained as a labourer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p183'
Williscroft    Henry               7y   15   Worcester                   27 02 1844   stealing a rabbit and a pair of boots         Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p191		
Wisdom         Richard            10y   13   Westminster                 09 08 1843   stealing from the person                      aka [WISDON, BROOKER]; Retrained as a bricklayer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p185	
Wort           George              7y   15   Birmingham                  05 01 1844   stealing a pork pie                           Retrained as a gardener; refer - 'HO 11/15 p190		
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