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Joseph Ledger or Sowden 1824-1895 Convict No. 7551

Joseph Ledger Sowden's birth name was Joseph Sowden Ledger. Prior to him being transported to Western Australia, he was convicted on many occasions and perhaps used both surnames (his mother's maiden name was Sowden) to avoid detection of past offences. Some of these convictions were: Dec 1842, Leeds. Larceny. Jailed for 5 months. Oct 1843… Continue reading Joseph Ledger or Sowden 1824-1895 Convict No. 7551

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John Sellenger or Salinger 1832 – 1906 Convict No. 2400

John Sellenger (variants: Salinger, Sallinger, Sallenger) arrived in Fremantle on 31st. August 1853 on the ship Phoebe Dunbar, which had sailed non-stop from Kingstown, Ireland, taking 89 days. He was fortunate not to have been one of the 16 convicts and passengers who died during the journey, supposedly of Typhus but more likely of advanced… Continue reading John Sellenger or Salinger 1832 – 1906 Convict No. 2400

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John Richards 1823 – 1897 Convict No. 453

John Richards was convicted of burglary at Liverpool Assizes on the 9th December 1848 and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for stealing 2 hams1. This was the era of the potato famine in Ireland, which caused mass starvation, disease and emigration. John was about 23 years old, an ex soldier from Dublin, Ireland, whose parents… Continue reading John Richards 1823 – 1897 Convict No. 453