Joseph Henry Forrester was born 11 April 1805 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland to David Forrester (1764-1811) and Janet Young (1785-1853) and died July 1863 Beechworth, Victoria, Australia of unspecified causes.

Convict aboard the "Thames" which sailed from the Thames on 31 July 1829 and arrived in Hobart, Tasmania on 20 November 1829. He had been convicted of on 15 January 1829 breaking and entering and stealing 11 diamond pins and 2 brooches valued at £35. His death sentence was commuted to transportation for life.

Joseph Forrester was a well known Silversmith and Jeweller both in Hobart, Tasmania and Melbourne, Victoria.

His skeleton remains were found laying beneath a pine tree and thought to have died around July 1863. His remains were buried at Beechworth Church of England Cemetery on the 9 Dec 1863. Part of the death & burial information is from the book "The Deconstruction of a Convict Past" by Douglas Wilkie


Offspring of Joseph Henry Forrester and Mary Ann Sadler (c1815-1848)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Henry Forrester (1842-1842)


Gold and Silversmith

Occupation of father




Footnotes (including sources)

§ Remains
  • His body was not found until 5 months after he died.
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