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Came to Port Phillip in 1847
Arrivals in 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, here, 1848, 1849,

Accuracy of the quoted age is questionable - for both adults and children. Fares were determined by the age.

They came by ship - Assisted Immigrants who arrived or left in 1847

Passenger lists - NSW lists as families or singles, Victoria has age of individual, or C=child, A=Adult.
Some are not on both lists, people slip between the lists - Vic includes crew and maybe the paying passengers.
I indicate if I have viewed the fiche containing photographed images of the Returns of Passengers. This is sometimes difficult, maybe impossible (lovely word - 'illegible') and frustrating when people are so important they are listed as Mr and Lady, when I want the forenames.

"Convicts to the Port Phillip District" collected by Kieth M. Clark

Joseph Somes

25 05 1847 Port Phillip 1847 10 Sep 1847, see passengerlist.
See John Peach for notes on the Exiles
To quote - Further notes on Exiles
Despite the fact that convicts played an important role in the development of a number of the early-settled states of Australia, public opposition to the practice of bringing convicted criminals to the colony finally resulted in a ban on convict transportation to New South Wales. However, Lord Stanley, Secretary of State for the Colonies, was able to circumvent the ban, by granting pardons to convicts who had been imprisoned for periods of 15 months to two years at Pentonville, Millbank and Parkhurst, conditional on them remaining in Australia until their original sentence had expired.
In 1844, Queen Victoria sent the following directive explaining and endorsing the strategy of granting conditional pardons to former prisoners before transporting them to Australia . It was addressed to the Governor of New South Wales (who was responsible for the Port Phillip District) and the Lt. Governor of Tasmania, then known as Van Diemen's Land.
The Royal Pardon
'We, in consideration of some circumstances humbly represented unto us, are graciously pleased to extend our mercy and grace unto them and to grant them our pardon for which they stand convicted. On condition they do remain and continue within Our Australian Territories whither they are about to be sent in pursuance of their respective sentences, for and during the remaining term of such respective sentence. Our Will and pleasure therefore is that you do take notice hereof and that upon of the before mentioned persons in our said Australian Territories, this our pardon shall have the effect of a free pardon within our said Australian Territories, and for so doing, this shall be your warrant. Given at Our Court of St. James, the Tenth Day of October 1844 in the Eighth year of the reign. To Our Trusty and Well Beloved Lt. Col. Sir George Gipps, Governor of Our Territories of New South Wales and Sir John E. Eardley Wilmot, Lt. Governor of 'Van Deimans (sic) Land' and all those whom it may concern.' Victoria R.I.

See Russell Hudson's page Transportation on the 780 ton ship 'Joseph Somes', which sailed under the command of Captain George Thompson. She put in to the Isle of Wight where she took on 85 Parkhurst boys.
Joseph Somes The ‘Joseph Somes’ left the Isle of Wight on May 25 1847 and finally set out from Spithead on June 9 1847 on her way to the Port Phillip Settlement (Victoria) via Tasmania, reached Hobart Town on 9 September 1847.
The 'Joseph Somes' arrived in Geelong, Victoria on the 10 September 1847 and discharged her Parkhurst boys (who made up part of the cargo of 248 male convicts she was transporting to Victoria) in Geelong on 24 September 1847.
A book by Colin Dearnley states that the Joseph Somes after a fitout at Deptford sailed to Woolwich on 6 May 1847, where the guard and 165 exiles embarked (Millbank 81 and Pentonville 84). On 18 May 1847, the ship sailed for Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, where a further 84 boys from Pankhurst embarked, giving a total of 249. A royal pardon was granted to the exiles on 28 May 1847. On 4 June 1847, the ship set sail for Port Phillip via Hobart Town.
Russell Hudson 2006, confirms that the ship visited Hobart town, arr. 9.9.1847, and a sick person, John Little, was put ashore. It continued on to Point Henry, arr. 24.9.1847. At Point Henry, a Lt.Addis boarded the ship and read to the convicts the conditions of their freedom, at the same time advising them to head for the bush, as the residents of Melbourne & Geelong would not welcome them in the towns.
JOHN little b1827 ex Joseph Somes was sent ashore sick at Hobart Town to hospital.He had been conviced of housebreaking. Received Pentonville 22 Nov 1845. He was sentenced 14 Oct 1845 10 years Ken. Maidstone Quarter Sessions.

From: , Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007
Samuel GARDINER at Oxford Oct 1842 convicted 7 years receiving a stolen broom, born 1829 single, reads and writes, taught trade of shoemaker.
John SMITH at Salford Oct 1843 convicted 7 years felony, born 1831 single, reads and writes, taught trade of tailor
Richard PERRIN at Oxford July 1845 convicted 10 years lamb stealing born 1818 married, reads only, labourer, taught trade of shoemaker. Refused to take reasonable wages, sent on shore to find his own way.
Johnthan THOMAS at Salford Sept 1845 convicted 7 years felony, born 1825, single, reads and writes, a miner, taught trade of carpenter.

Sir Thomas Arbuthnot

(see passenger list) arrived at Port Phillip 04 May 1847, 621 ton ship, Captain John Thomson, left UK 11 Jan 1847, with Dr Baker, surgeon Superintendant, Mr RC Lockhart in charge of 288 exiles from Parkhurst, Pentonville & Millbank prisons
Lt Henry Lees, 63rd Regt; bound for India
Ensign W Lees, 96th Regt with 1 sergeant 65th Regt, 1 sergeant 11th Regt, 1 sergeant 96th Regt, 1 corporal 58th Regt, 25 rank and file 96th Regt and 3 rank and file 99th Regt

See Rootsweb Chat, Thomas Arbuthnot with list of Parkhurst Boys and See Sir Thomas a study for Edward Apps
Ozships has ship - use date of arrival to find the name, then you get a list of officials/crew.
The ‘Thomas Arbuthnot’ began her voyage at Portsmouth/Portland on 10 January 1847. She travelled to the Isle of Wight where she took on 89 Parkhurst boys before leaving there on 11 January 11 1847 bound for for the Port Phillip Settlement.
The 89 boys were among the 288 male convicts/exiles who were sentenced to transportion and were discharged in Williamstown on the day they arrived.

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